Sep 18, 2017

Japan: “More dialogue with North Korea would be a dead end”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking during a news conference in Tokyo. Photo: Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged in a New York Times op-ed Sunday for the international community to ramp up pressure against North Korea, zeroing on the notion that more diplomacy and dialogue with Pyongyang would be a "dead end," as Pyongyang would see more talks as proof that other countries "succumbed" to the threat of its missile launches.

  • On the UN Security Council's new round of sanctions: Abe describes them as an "important step," but acknowledges that North Korean leadership has consistently ignored most of its commitments.
  • On the potential use of military force: Abe said he "firmly support[s]" the U.S. position that "all options are on the table."

His bottom line: "Now is the time to exert the utmost pressure on the North. There should be no more delays."

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