Ja­pan says this is a time to raise pres­sure on North Korea

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — Ja­pan’s gov­ern­ment spokesman says this is a mo­ment to raise pres­sure on North Korea — not a time for di­a­logue. No­rio Maruyama said North Korea has reached “a new level” with its lat­est launch of an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile “and this is a time to raise pres­sure in or­der to be able to con­duct a se­ri­ous di­a­logue.”

He told a brief­ing Mon­day for a group of UN cor­re­spon­dents that “di­a­logue for the sake of di­a­logue is mean­ing­less.”

The U.S. wants to toughen UN sanc­tions against the North, in­clud­ing re­strict­ing oil sales. Maruyama said “we are con­sid­er­ing” tougher UN sanc­tions. He also said, “we need to see what sanc­tions are most suc­cess­ful.” Maruyama urged all coun­tries to im­ple­ment UN sanc­tions and called on China and Rus­sia to use their in­flu­ence to play “an even more con­struc­tive role” with North Korea.

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