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Abe and Obama Seek Early Conclusion to TPP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday confirmed their cooperation in seeking an early conclusion of a Pacific trade pact, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

During their brief talks on the sidelines of a Group of Seven summit in Brussels, the two leaders agreed to promote cooperation in achieving a comprehensive, ambitious and high-level Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, the ministry said.

On North Korea, Abe briefed Obama about Pyongyang’s recent pledge to launch a reinvestigation into the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted decades ago, the ministry said.

The two leaders also agreed to continue working together on issues concerning North Korea.

via Mainichi [1]

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