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Abe, Putin keep ball rolling on economic deal for disputed islands

Japanese prime minister calls for Russian support on North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in an official capacity for the 20th time on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.   © Kyodo

DANANG, Vietnam -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Friday to continue negotiating toward economic cooperation in a disputed set of islands, with Abe also calling for Moscow's support in pressuring North Korea to change its ways.

The two leaders met here for about an hour on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, attended only by interpreters for roughly 15 minutes.

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