Japan's Abe says time for talk is over on North Korea

Shinzo Abe and Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says time for talks with North Korea has come to an end, calling for exerting "pressure" on Pyongyang over its missile and nuclear programs.

"Now is not the time for dialogue".

"We greatly appreciate President Trump's approach to changing North Korea's policy stance, denuclearising the country and calling on the global community, including China and Russian Federation, for their cooperation toward strengthening pressure on North Korea", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters, referring to US President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

In his speech before the UN, Abe said more than a decade of talks with North Korea had yielded only the realization the country never intends to give up its weapons programs.

"There is not much time left" to engage with North Korea, Abe said while addressing the UN General Assembly in NY on Wednesday.

In contrast, Japan's Asian rival China, and Russian Federation, have called repeatedly for a return to global diplomacy and talks with North Korea to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's weapons programs.

But years of sanctions have had limited effect on North Korea, which follows a "juche" ideology of self-reliance and counts on neighboring China as its economic lifeline.

In his United Nations speech, Abe said North Korean nuclear weapons either already were, or were on the verge of becoming, hydrogen bombs, presenting an unprecedented threat.

Abe also said he hopes Guterres will pay a visit to Japan in the near future.

"We must prevent the goods, funds, people, and technology necessary for nuclear and missile development from heading to North Korea", he said.

"Whether we can stop North Korean provocations depends on the global community working together", he said.

Following the test, the UN Security Council adopted new sanctions against the North, a move that Pyongyang warned would not go unanswered.

"If we are forced to defend ourselves and our allies, we will do so with military power that is effective and overwhelming", Pence said.

North Korea fired a missile on Friday that flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan and landed far out into the Pacific Ocean, according to Japanese and South Korean officials, further ratcheting up tensions in the region.

Abe also said he wanted to create a "regulatory sandbox system" in Japan, allowing entrepreneurs to start new businesses without conforming to existing regulations for a period of time, without offering details.



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