Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, June 11

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held telephone talks with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss the Gulf situation prior to the Japanese leader's visit to Iran a day later.

According to Japan's top government spokesperson Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the two leaders discussed a number of issues, including the situation regarding Iran. (Japan-Abe-Trump-Talks)

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BANGKOK -- Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has formally appointed Prayut Chan-o-cha as prime minister.

The Royal Gazette on Tuesday publicized the royal appointment of Prayut as prime minister after he was voted for the top post of government in a joint house-senate meeting last week. (Thailand-King-PM)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia aims to lead the development of a circular economy in Southeast Asia, Malaysia's Minister of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Yeo Bee Yin said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Circular Economy Conference organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia, Yeo said pushing for change would in fact spur the local economy as new solutions were developed to cope with the problem of waste and limited resources. (Malaysia-Circular economy)

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SEOUL -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will hold talks in Moscow next week with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to discuss situations on the Korean Peninsula, Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Kim In-chul, the foreign ministry spokesman, told a routine press briefing that Kang and Lavrov will have a meeting in Moscow next Monday to exchange views over situations on the peninsula and in the region. (S. Korea-Moscow-Peninsula) Enditem

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