Zero tolerance for terror, North Korea

Gandhinagar : A condemnation of North Korea, which earlier in the day threatened to use nuclear weapons to ‘sink’ Japan, a call to Pakistan to bring terror perpetrators to book, the foundation stone laying ceremony of the bullet train project and the inking of 15 MOUs covering a variety of sectors, marked the 12th Indo-Japan summit on Thursday.

In a joint statement, the two Prime Ministers condemned North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear arsenal and pledged to work together to deal with the situation. It further called on the international community to rigorously and fully implement relevant UNSC resolutions to maximize pressure on North Korea.

The joint statement came after the two leaders addressed the media together, even as the two countries inked 15 MOUs, covering diverse areas like skill development, civil aviation, disaster risk management, civil aviation, sports and science and technology. Deepening their strategic ties further, the two countries also agreed to boost cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region in view of China’s growing assertiveness.

Speaking at the media interaction, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in 2016-17 Japan had invested $4.7 billion in India, 80 per cent higher than in the previous year. ‘‘Now Japan is the third largest investor. This is proof of the optimism in Japan about India’s economic development.

The various programmes of the present government are transforming India and this is a big business opportunity for Japanese trade and industry, he added. Talking to media, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said that though the thrust of cooperation remained on maritime security, it has been agreed to explore cooperation between the two armies and self-defence forces on the ground and in the air.

They are also looking forward to the convening of the fifth India-Japan Consultation on Terrorism and strengthening of cooperation against terrorist threats from groups like the Al-Qaida, ISIS, JeM, LeT, and their affiliates.

Accordingly, the two Prime Ministers called upon all UN member countries to implement the relevant resolutions designating terrorist entities. The reference assume significance in the backdrop of China repeatedly blocking India’s move to declared JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN.

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