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Japan, Russia agree to deal calmly with disputed islands issue

Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, agreed Wednesday that Tokyo and Moscow will address their territorial dispute off Hokkaido "in a calm atmosphere," a Foreign Ministry official said.

Genba and Lavrov were meeting for the first time in New York on the sidelines of the annual session of the U.N. General Assembly. Genba, the nation’s youngest prime minister in the postwar era, assumed his post Sept. 2.

Genba and Lavrov also agreed to cooperate in urging North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization, the official said.

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