Abe, Conti To Back Us Denuclearization Efforts

Abe, Conti to back US denuclearization efforts

The prime ministers of Japan and Italy have confirmed the need for the international community to cooperate closely to support talks between the US and North Korea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is touring Europe and North America, met his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conti on Wednesday.

Japan is hosting the G20 summit in June. Abe expressed his readiness to discuss promoting free trade, reforming the World Trade Organization and dealing with the plastic pollution in the ocean.

The two agreed to work closely to convey a strong message to this end at the meeting.

They also agreed to work to achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all of North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and related delivery system programs by steadily implementing UN Security Council sanctions resolutions against the North.

Italy last month signed a memorandum of understanding on China's Belt and Road initiative, designed to create a huge economic zone.

The main agreement calls for China and Italy to work together on infrastructure projects in Italy.

Italy became the first G7 country to sign the memorandum.

Abe conveyed the importance of proceeding with the projects with transparency and openness, in line with international standards.

Abe and Conti jointly met reporters following their talks.

Abe said he welcomes Conti's strong support for realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific, and will cooperate in forming specific projects.

Conti meanwhile disclosed plans to take part in the second international forum on the Belt and Road initiative to be held in Beijing, saying he explained to Abe the purpose of visiting China.