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Japan, Bangladesh want N. Korea to reaffirm missile moratorium.

DHAKA, July 25 Kyodo

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso and his Bangladeshi counterpart Morshed Khan agreed Tuesday to cooperate in urging North Korea to reaffirm its missile moratorium in light of the recent adoption of a U.N. resolution condemning North Korea's missile launches.

The two ministers came to the consensus during Aso's trip to Dhaka. He is in Bangladesh on the second leg of his weeklong trip that began Saturday to the Philippines, Bangladesh and Malaysia, for bilateral and multilateral talks on regional security issues.

Aso said in a news conference after their talks that he received strong support from Khan over the resolution and urged North Korea to take seriously the unanimous adoption of the resolution by the 15-member U.N. Security Council including Japan.

At the news conference, Khan expressed deep concern over the situation on the Korean Peninsula and called for matters to be resolved through dialogue, indicating that Bangladesh, using its diplomatic ties with North Korea, intends to appeal to North Korea to take such action.

Khan also renewed his country's support for Japan's aspiration to secure a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Meanwhile, Japan intends to strengthen its economic aid to Bangladesh and dispatch an election monitoring team for the general elections scheduled for January in Bangladesh, Aso said.

Aso also met with other officials including Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed for talks aimed at boosting economic and political ties.
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Date:Jul 31, 2006
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