17 Jul '17, 3pm

Japan says time for pressure, not dialogue with North Korea

UNITED NATIONS: Japan on Monday (Jul 17) downplayed South Korea's offer to hold military talks with North Korea, saying the priority should be piling pressure on Pyongyang through sanctions. "This is not a time for dialogue. This is a time for pressure," Japan's foreign ministry spokesman Norio Maruyama told reporters in New York where Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida was attending a UN meeting on development. "This is a time to raise pressure in order to conduct a serious dialogue," said Maruyama. South Korea's defence ministry proposed a meeting to be held Friday at the border truce village of Panmunjom to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. If the meeting goes ahead, it would be the first official inter-Korea talks since December 2015. The offer came as the United States is locked in difficult negotiations with China at the U...

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