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Andrew Cummings
September 25, 2017

Abe said it is necessary to step up pressure on North Korea now, following the reclusive country's sixth nuclear test on September 3 in violation of related U.N. Security Council resolutions, according to Japanese officials.

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

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea in a speech to the United Nations on Wednesday, saying Kim Jong Un was being allowed to get away with worse behavior than any dictator since the end of the Cold War.

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


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

Abe's speech came a day after President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it attacks the USA or its allies.

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.

Opposition party officials have said calling an election would be an attempt by Abe to dodge questioning over the cronyism scandals in a session of parliament set to begin on Thursday.


"Whether we can stop North Korean provocations depends on the global community working together", he said. "There is not much time left". A day after US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it attacks, Abe said: "We consistently support the stance of the United States: that 'all options are on the table.'" Abe said that the world has already tried exhaustively to reach a negotiated settlement with North Korea, starting with the US-backed 1994 Agreed Framework which collapsed a decade later.

North Korea fired a missile on Friday that flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan and landed far out into the Pacific Ocean. "We must make North Korea abandon all nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner", he said.

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

Japan has taken a hard line on North Korea and has pushed for increased sanctions and pressure.


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