Japan, U.S. agree to up pressure on N. Korea
By Editorial Desk
16 May 2017

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Tokyo and Washington agree to increase pressure on Pyongyang following the latest ballistic missile launch.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida confirmed Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the two nations would increase pressure on North Korea.

Kishida and Tillerson spoke on telephone Tuesday morning, following North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch. The talks lasted for about 20 minutes, and were proposed by the Japanese side.

The two ministers condemned Pyongyang’s missile launch on Sunday, saying it could never be accepted and that they would deal with it resolutely. They also agreed that dialogue for dialogue’s sake with North Korea is meaningless, and that it is important to put pressure on the country now, according to sources.

Kishida and Tillerson further agreed to cooperate with the South Korean administration of new President Moon Jae In, and to urge China to strengthen its pressure on North Korea.

The leaders of Japan and the United States plan to meet on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit meeting, to be held in Italy on May 26 and 27, and discuss issues regarding North Korea.

Ahead of the telephone talks, Japan, the United States and South Korea conducted a TV conference among defence authorities at the section-chief level, agreeing to strengthen their cooperation in dealing with North Korean issues.

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