Japan slams North Korea's missile launch over Japan

LKP Chair Hong Discusses N. Korea with Abe

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of "sleepwalking" into war, said on Thursday (Dec 14) that Security Council resolutions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key USA demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

Japan opposes any talks with North Korea until it has demonstrated a clear intent to abandon its weapons programmes.

The two leaders also discussed North Korea's abduction of Japanese citizens.

On Nov. 29, North Korea conducted its latest test of a ballistic missile, which it said was its most advanced yet, capable of reaching the mainland United States.

"We anticipate that Hong's visit will serve as an opportunity to further solidify cooperation between South Korea, the USA and Japan in resolving the North's nuclear threats and help allay the security concerns of the worldwide community as well as our citizens", Chang Je-won, the party's spokesman, said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Washington is open to possible talks with North Korea but the White House says it must not only first refrain from provocations but take "sincere and meaningful actions toward denuclearization".

The meeting was held soon after United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman made a four-day visit to Pyongyang.

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