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    Russia, Japan Agree to Put Pressure on N Korea to Refrain From Provocations

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    Japan and Russia pledged to put pressure on North Korea to abstain from further provocative actions and to comply with the UN Security Council resolutions at talks between the two countries' foreign and defense ministers, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — On March 6, media reported that North Korea fired four ballistic missiles, and three landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone. According to the Japanese Defense Ministry, the missiles did not inflict any damages. South Korean military claimed that the missiles had flown more than 600 miles.

    Pyongyang said that the launches were a successful drill to strike US military facilities located in Japan.

    "We held an in-depth exchange of views on the North Korea nuclear and missile issues and agreed to urge North Korea to refrain from further provocative actions, as well as to comply with the UN Security Council resolutions," Kishida said at a joint press conference following the 2+2 format consultations.

    The six-party talks launched in 2003 aimed to end North Korea's nuclear program via negotiations involving the United States, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea and North Korea.

    The negotiations reached a stalemate when North Korea withdrew from the talks in 2009 and has since carried out multiple nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

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