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Japan's Abe seeks Baltic support against North Korea

AFP  |  Vilnius 

Japan's has urged Baltic states to support pressure on North Korea, as he hammered home his hawkish message that Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes pose a global threat.

Despite a recent cooling of tensions in the run-up to the in South Korea, has insisted on "maximising pressure" on the North.

"We should work closely together to maintain and strengthen a rule of on North Korea, which is now a threat to the global community", Abe told reporters in Lithuania's capital

His Lithuanian counterpart voiced support as did Latvian with whom Abe earlier in the day in Latvia's capital

Briefing reporters, said that although the threat posed by was "unprecedented", the full implementation of UN sanctions would have "a very strong effect on "

New UN sanctions passed against last month ban the supply of nearly 75 per cent of to and cap crude deliveries among other measures.

Abe kicked off his visit in fellow Baltic eurozone state yesterday, where he also discussed deepening cybersecurity and economic ties.

is keen to raise its profile in the region as bolsters its ties there.

is pushing its massive USD 1 trillion "One Belt, One Road" initiative, which seeks to build rail, maritime and road links from to and in a revival of ancient Silk Road trading routes.

Today Abe will head to Lithuania's second largest city Kaunas to pay tribute to Japanese Chiune Sugihara, who saved 6,000 European Jews from the Holocaust by issuing visas to allow them to escape war-torn

Abe is the first sitting Japanese leader to visit the and will also visit Bulgaria, and before returning to Wednesday.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 03:00 IST