Japan eager to restart nuclear talks

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Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda said yesterday that he and his Chinese counterpart have agreed to work together in dealing with North Korea and promoting stability in the country after the death of Kim Jong-Il.

Mr Noda, the first foreign leader to meet with China’s leaders since Kim’s death, emphasised the need to get stalled talks on North Korea’s nuclear project back on track.

“We are currently facing a new situation in East Asia,” he said.

Mr Noda, who met with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, said the two leaders had agreed to co-operate to try to achieve stability on the Korean peninsula.

“Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and its peace and stability not only benefits Japan and China but serves the common interest of all neigh-bouring countries,” he said.