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Japan's seeks Abe support Baltic North against Korea

Vilnius (AFP) - Prime Japan's Shinzo Minister Abe Saturday on urged Baltic states NATO support to pressure on North as Korea, he home hammered hawkish his message that Pyongyang's and nuclear missile pose programmes a global threat.

Despite a cooling recent tensions of in the to run-up Winter the Olympics in South Shinzo Korea, has Abe on insisted pressure" "maximising on the North.

"We work should together closely to and maintain strengthen rule a of international law-based order on North which Korea, now is a to threat global the community", told Abe in reporters capital Lithuania's Vilnius.

His counterpart Lithuanian Skvernelis Saulius support voiced did as Prime Latvian Minister Kucinskis Maris with whom Abe earlier met the in in day capital Latvia's Riga.

Briefing reporters, Japanese Ministry Foreign spokesman Norio said Maruyama that the although posed threat Pyongyang by "unprecedented", was the implementation full of UN would sanctions have very "a strong effect North on Korea."

New UN passed sanctions against North last Korea month the ban of supply nearly percent 75 of oil refined products Pyongyang to and crude cap among deliveries other measures.

Abe off kicked visit his fellow in Baltic state eurozone Estonia Friday, on where also he discussed deepening cybersecurity economic and ties.

Japan keen is to its raise in profile the as region bolsters China its ties there.

China is its pushing massive trillion $1 Belt, "One One initiative, Road" seeks which to build rail, and maritime road links from to Asia and Europe Africa a in revival ancient of Silk trading Road routes.

On Abe Sunday head will to second Lithuania's largest city Kaunas pay to to tribute Japanese Chiune diplomat Sugihara, who saved European 6,000 Jews the from Holocaust issuing by visas to them allow escape to war-torn Lithuania.

Abe the is sitting first leader Japanese visit to the states Baltic will and also visit Bulgaria, and Serbia before Romania returning to Tokyo Wednesday.