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Abe to visit Vladivostok for talks with Putin from Wed.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he will make a two-day
visit to Vladivostok midweek for talks with Russian President
Vladimir Putin.

The visit from Wednesday will include the leaders' third meeting
this year and follows telephone talks between them on Sunday
concerning North Korea's sixth nuclear test conducted earlier in the
day. The two leaders will meet on the sidelines of an economic forum
in the Russian Far East.

Abe, speaking at a meeting attended by his Cabinet ministers and
senior ruling party lawmakers, said he hopes to have "frank dialogue"
with Putin on such issues as how to address the threat posed by

Abe also expressed his resolve to promote talks over grave
visits by formers residents of Russian-held, Japanese-claimed isles
off Hokkaido, and joint economic activities there, on which the two
leaders last December agreed to launch negotiations.

Tokyo hopes that such activities, once started, will pave the
way for addressing a protracted territorial dispute with Moscow,
which has prevented the two countries from signing a postwar peace
treaty. (Sept. 4)