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Japan's PM calls for world effort to abolish nukes

Japan's PM calls for world effort to abolish nukes

Japan's prime minister called Monday for a unified international effort in pushing for nuclear nonproliferation, saying recent activities in China and North Korea were threatening security in the Asian region.
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso also said Japan was willing to host a conference on global nuclear disarmament in 2010.
"The security environment in northeast Asia is increasingly tough," Aso said, noting North Korea's recent missile launch and China's modernizing its nuclear arsenal.
Aso was speaking during an EU-Japan summit in the Czech Republic, which now holds the rotating EU presidency.
The Czech president said Europe and Japan held "very similar" views on the nuclear issue, and that the EU supported President Barack Obama's speech last month in Prague announcing a commitment to achieving global disarmament.
"Mr. Obama's speech was delivered 100 meters from here, and we all followed it and listened to it," Klaus said.
Aso also touched the global economic crisis in speaking to reporters Monday, saying there was agreement between Japan and the EU about the need to balance financial stimuli with the handling of toxic assets.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso also praised the "great convergence of views" on the issue.
Japan and the EU also said there should be a concerted approach to tackling global warming and swine flu.