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Foreign Minister Kono to press Secretary Tillerson to apply pressure on DPRK

Nikkei wrote that coordination is underway for Foreign Minister Kono to hold talks with Secretary Tillerson in New York on Friday ahead of the planned UN Security Council ministerial meeting on North Korea on the same day, projecting that the Japanese official is likely to urge the Secretary to uphold the position of not holding dialogue with Pyongyang unless it takes steps toward denuclearization first. Kono is also poised to press the Secretary to apply “maximum pressure” on the DPRK in line with the previous bilateral consensus. The Japanese minister is anxious to remind his U.S. counterpart of the importance of maintaining a hard line toward the Kim regime in view of the Secretary’s recent remarks expressing willingness to start dialogue with the North without preconditions.

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