Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak agreed to work closely together and with the United States on North Korean issues, during their meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday.
The two leaders were meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Yonhap news agency quoted Lee as telling Noda: "It is necessary for our two countries as well as the United States to unite strength for security in Northeast Asia. It is important for South Korea, the U.S. and Japan to cooperate closely and share information, and this is the way to get North Korea to come out to the international community."
Noda asked for Seoul's cooperation on the issue of North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals, as well free trade discussions between the two countries, Yonhap reported.
The two leaders did not discuss the thorny history and territorial issues.© Japan Today