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Japan, EU propose 7-party talks to solve N. Korea issues.

TOKYO, May 21 Kyodo

Parliamentarians from Japan and the European Union (EU) on Wednesday proposed convening seven-party talks in Brussels as part of efforts to solve issues concerning North Korea's nuclear development program and the abduction of Japanese nationals.

Former Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Nakayama said after a two-day Japan-European Parliament (EP) Interparliamentary Conference that the two sides will make efforts to realize the proposal as early as possible.

Nakayama, a senior Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who served as the leader of the 36-member Japanese delegation, said the seven-party talks would involve North and South Korea, the United States, China, Japan, Russia and the 15-nation EU.

Eleven members of the European Parliament took part in the annual conference, including Jan Andersson of Sweden and Glyn Ford of Britain.

''The two delegates urge North Korea to act as a responsible member of the international community and to comply fully with its international commitments in the field of the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,'' Nakayama said in reading a joint statement issued after the meeting.

''The two delegations confirm that they will work together for the resolution of the abduction issue.''

Nakayama said the parliamentarians also agreed that Japan and the EU will join hands in preventing further spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome in Asia and elsewhere.
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