Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso (R) and
visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attend a joint news conference
after their talks at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo,
capital of Japan, on July 1, 2009. (Xinhua/Yuriko Nakao/Pool)
TOKYO, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Visiting United Nations
Secretary General Ban Ki Moon stressed the importance of implementing the U.N.
resolution on Pyongyang and urged Japan to play a leading role in slashing green
house gas emission in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister here Wednesday.
Ban told a joint press conference with Aso that it is
crucial to seriously implement the U.N. resolution to punish Pyongyang after its
second underground nuclear test in May, as well as to bring the country back to
the six-party talks, which groups Japan, China, Russia, the United States and
Aso said it is imperative that the international
community not admit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a
nuclear power and work together to persuade it to abandon nuclear plans.
During their meeting, Aso briefed to Ban Japan's
target of reducing global warming gases by 15 percent by 2020 compared with the
2005 level. Ban commended Tokyo's efforts.
The U.N. chief said Japan should substantially reduce
greenhouse gas emissions through its financial and technological assistance to
Earlier in the day, Ban met business leaders at the
Japan Association of Corporate Executives, requesting that Japan demonstrate
leadership in working out a new international framework to cope with climate
change after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon arrived in Tokyo
Tuesday afternoon and held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi
Nakasone later in the day.
It is Ban's third visit to Japan since he became
chief of the world body in 2007. Ban is also planning to travel to Myanmar after
his trip to Japan.