Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed that the country has not retreated regarding negotiations with Moscow on four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. Abe also said signing a peace treaty with Russia entails demarcating the two countries' border.
Abe was answering questions in the Diet on Tuesday about the negotiations. Japan's government maintains that the islands are an inherent part of the country's territory that were illegally occupied after World War Two.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he's determined to settle the country's territorial issue with Russia and conclude a peace treaty.
Abe was speaking in Tokyo at an annual national rally to demand the return of four Russian-held islands. Japan claims them. The event was held on Thursday, Northern Territories Day.
Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has suggested that if the United States quits the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a new treaty that would cover nuclear powers including China should be created.
Kono spoke to reporters on Friday. The United States is likely to withdraw from the INF treaty it signed with the Soviet Union in 1987.
A Russian Presidential Office spokesperson says signing a peace treaty with Japan is a major goal in ongoing talks.
Dmitry Peskov made the remarks on Sunday during a state-run TV program. The remarks come after Tuesday's summit in Moscow between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The leaders of Japan and Russia have agreed to further accelerate negotiations on concluding a peace treaty that would include resolving the issue of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. But their latest summit ended without concrete progress and revealed a difference in their positions.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday.
Russia's Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov says the leaders of Russia and Japan have agreed to step up the pace of talks based on the 1956 Joint Declaration.
Peskov briefed reporters on the outcome of the summit talks between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Singapore on Wednesday.
Abe told reporters in Singapore that he and Putin had agreed to accelerate negotiations on a peace treaty based on a 1956 joint declaration. It states that 2 of the 4 disputed islands -- the Habomai islet group and Shikotan -- would be handed over to Japan on the conclusion of a bilateral peace treaty.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his resolve to advance negotiations for a peace treaty with Russia ahead of his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Abe left Japan on Wednesday for his 5-day tour to Singapore, Australia and Papua New Guinea. He will meet Putin later on Wednesday in Singapore, on the sidelines of the summit meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Japanese officials are making final preparations for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to China this week, as the countries mark the 40th anniversary of a key bilateral treaty.
The Japan-China peace and friendship treaty took effect on October 23rd, 1978. It says the countries will develop friendly ties while respecting each other's sovereignty and territory.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed hope that his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin will lead to progress in peace treaty talks and resolving the issue of 4 Russian-held islands.
Abe told governing coalition officials in Tokyo on Monday that he will meet Putin on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum that will be held next week in Vladivostok in Russia's Far East.