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PM Abe stresses pressure on North Korea

All Monday papers focused on Prime Minister Abe’s remarks on a Sunday talk show, in which he emphasized the importance of stepping up the pressure on the DPRK by saying: “Dialogue for the sake of dialogue is meaningless. It is necessary to have North Korea commit to and take concrete actions for the complete, verifiable, and irreversible elimination of its missile and nuclear programs. Dialogue only makes sense when this is the goal.” According to today’s papers, MOFA Asian and Oceanian Bureau Director General Kanasugi held talks with a senior ROK diplomat in Seoul yesterday and called for the Moon administration to maintain pressure on the DPRK. Saturday’s Asahi said Tokyo is concerned that some participants in the UN command meeting on North Korea scheduled for Jan. 10 in Vancouver may openly call for dialogue with the DPRK.

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