Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Abe Urges Int'l Community to Unite to Pressure N. Korea

Abe Urges Int'l Community to Unite to Pressure N. Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that countries need to unite to enforce sanctions and apply pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe underscored the importance of creating an environment that forces North Korea to seek talks, during a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the U.N. Headquarters in NY on Tuesday. The resolution is nothing more than the beginning.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is not attending the General Assembly, told a German broadcaster that she "clearly" disagrees with Trump's threat Tuesday to destroy North Korea if the forced to defend itself or its allies. "In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third time?"

Abe argued that past dialogue and economic assistance to the North ultimately did not put an end to its weapons development.

"Dialogue for the goal of having dialogue is meaningless", Abe said at the New York Stock Exchange.

Korea will launch a massive campaign in Japan to lure more tourists after the latest North Korean nuclear test.

Abe said the time for talking with North Korea is over because the Hermit Kingdom's leaders do not operate in good faith.

Abe drew attention to the unresolved issue of North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, noting that November will mark 40 years since the abduction of 13-year-old Megumi Yokota.

Abe said the past failed attempts demonstrate that pressure is what is needed to tackle the North's nuclear issue.

Instead, she offered help in negotiating a solution with North Korea, noting that Germany played a role in talks with Iran to limit its nuclear program - a 2015 agreement that Trump described as an "embarrassment" heightening expectation he plans to walk away from it.

The fight between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump escalated when the United States chief said at the UN: "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime".

In a subsequent nod to recent discussions of military options in Washington, the Japanese prime minister added Tokyo supports "the stance of the United States that all options are on the table".

Abe and Trump are scheduled to hold talks on Thursday, followed by a trilateral meeting that will also include South Korean President Moon Jae In.

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