TOKYO, March 21. /TASS/. Tokyo has a great number of tasks which demand cooperation with Russia, including North Korea, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Wednesday ahead of a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
"We have a great deal of tasks which demand cooperation with Russia, including the North Korean issue," Kono said.
Lavrov arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday. His talks with Kono are expected to focus on the peace treaty and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Since the mid-20th century, Russia and Japan have been holding consultations in order to clinch a peace treaty as a follow-up to World War II. The Kuril Islands issue remains the sticking point since after WWII the islands were handed over to the Soviet Union while Japan has laid claims to the four southern islands. In 1956, the two countries signed a common declaration on ending the state of war and restoring diplomatic and all other relations, however, a peace treaty has still not been reached. Moscow has stated many times that Russia’s sovereignty over the islands could not be questioned.