In talks with Kawaguchi
, Ban proposed to further promote the exchange of Japanese and South Korean politicians in an effort to strengthen bilateral relations, according to Chung.
We are shocked and outraged'' by the incident, Kawaguchi
said in a statement.
But the official declined to elaborate on the talks between Kawaguchi
and Powell on the North Korean issue.
On North Korea, however, Kawaguchi
sought China's support for Japan's efforts to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the North, and the two countries confirmed the importance of continuing bilateral cooperation to peacefully resolve the standoff over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, according to the officials.
On the bilateral relationship, Tang was quoted as telling Kawaguchi
that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao decided to hold talks with the foreign minister Saturday, canceling his original plans for a domestic trip, because ''the Chinese government places importance on Japan-China relations and on (Foreign Minister) Kawaguchi
's visit to Beijing.
Ping, who serves as Gabon foreign minister, was quoted as telling Kawaguchi
that the United Nations needs to reflect today's world, not that of 1945 when it was established.
said she also had meaningful talks with Chinese leaders on bilateral issues, including the row over a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea, and said the countries' failure to arrange reciprocal visits by their leaders does not damage the relationship.
told reporters she will meet with Li on April 3.
went home for rest after leaving the Diet in the middle of a session of the House of Representatives Special Committee on Responses to Armed Attacks, the officials said.
On North Korea, Ban was quoted as telling Kawaguchi
that it is important to continue promoting the trilateral cooperation in their efforts to persuade North Korea to dismantle the nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
also said Japan is not considering immediate economic sanctions against North Korea following the passage of a bill by the House of Representatives on Thursday, which would enable Japan to unilaterally impose such sanctions.
Losyukov invited Kawaguchi
to visit Russia to expand bilateral ties further, to which Kawaguchi
responded that she wants to schedule a trip, the official said.