Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

PRRD reaffirms strong bond with Japan in bilateral talk with PM Abe

PRRD reaffirms strong bond with Japan in bilateral talk with PM Abe

Duterte, meanwhile, expressed his support to Japan in its stance against North Korea condemning the latter's missile launches, which he said are threats to global security.

"The possibility can not be ruled out that a military attack would kill Japanese abductees, given that President Trump has threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea", the official said.

North Korea responded by launching another ballistic missile over Japan on September 15.

In October, he said world leaders should reach out and assure North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un they are not out to wage a war to calm down the country's leader.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hold a bilateral meeting at the PICC on November 13, 2017. "It is bad. It puts a strain on everybody, not only on Japan but all over the world", the President said.

"And he should realize that he'd be responsible for ending life in this planet if his mind goes out of control", he added.

Duterte also said the Asean was doing its part to try to persuade Kim to stop his nuclear amibitions.

The families of the abductees have opposed the use of force against Pyongyang, and while Japanese defense officials are preparing for contingencies, Tokyo continues to hope that North Korea's nuclear ambitions can be tackled without Washington resorting to military action.

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"That is why we are persuading him, maybe pleading him to stop the aggressive posture. The Philippines is about too far but, you know, nobody will save us from a holocaust if it happens", Duterte stressed.

Japan and South Korea, East Asian countries that also host USA military installations, are likewise bracing for possible missile attacks.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency Chief Representative in the Philippines Susumu Ito also had an exchange of loan agreement on Cavite Industrial Area Flood Risk Management Project.

Abe, in a meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam on Saturday, hailed a "fresh start" to the relationship between Asia's two biggest economies and military powers, including cooperation on North Korea.

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"In the 50 years ahead, we want to lead together with ASEAN, which faces both the Indian and Pacific oceans, the development of a free and open worldwide order based on the rule of law, building on (ASEAN's) development so far", Abe said.

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