Ja­pan PM beefs up Euro­pean ties

Manila Times - - WORLD - AFP

TALLINN: the Baltic states and other Euro­pean na­tions as he seeks to drum up sup­port for his hawk­ish stance on North Korea.

De­spite a re­cent cool­ing of ten­sions on Py­ongyang over its nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grams.

In the Es­to­nian cap­i­tal Tallinn, Abe met with President Ker­sti Kalju­laid dis­cussed bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion on cy­ber­se­cu­rity, a topic that dig­i­tal-savvy Es­to­nia has cham­pi­oned since be­ing - tacks a decade ago.

Abe will then visit fel­low Baltic states Latvia and Lithua­nia, be­fore con­tin­u­ing on to Bul­garia, Ser­bia and Romania. He is the first sit­ting Ja­panese leader to visit these coun­tries.

Abe told re­porters that he and Ratas had “agreed that we would not ac­cept nu­clear ar­ma­ment of North Korea, pres­sure on North Korea.”

The lead­ers also said their coun­tries would start work­ing to­gether on cy­berde­fense and a Ja­panese spokesper­son later said Tokyo would coop Es­to­nia on cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

“Es­to­nia and Ja­pan are sep­a­rated by thou­sands of kilo­me­ters, but tightly con­nected by a dig­i­tal um­bil­i­cal cord,” Ratas said, adding that “Ja­pan will soon be­come a con­tribut­ing Co­op­er­a­tive Cy­ber De­fense Cen­ter - linn.”

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