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Suga comments on North Korea’s willingness to talk to U.S.

NHK reported that a South Korean Unification Ministry spokesperson expressed hope today that the U.S. and DPRK will take an appropriate opportunity to begin “constructive dialogue” in response to North Korea’s expression of willingness to hold talks with the U.S. on Sunday. According to the network, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told reporters this morning: “The United States has demonstrated its stance in a statement by the White House press secretary that it will continue the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea until it abandons its nuclear program and see if North Korea’s message that it is willing to hold talks represents the first step along the path to denuclearization.” Suga reportedly added: “We think it’s important to convey Japan’s view to North Korea and that’s what we have been doing. Japan will continue to work closely with the United States and trilaterally with the United States and South Korea to maximize pressure through various means to make North Korea change its policy and create a situation in which it calls for dialogue.”

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