Japan strongly urges to continue international pressure on North Korea
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 22-Aug-2017

Tokyo, August 22: Japan wants to maintain international pressure on North Korea until it gives up its nuclear program. Japan’s new Foreign Minister Taro Kono says he sees unity with the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration. He also blamed North Korea for buying time with mere talks.

"Instead of going straight to dialogue, we need to keep on putting pressure on North Korea until the North clearly demonstrates its intention and action for moving toward (denuclearization)," Kono said.

He also stressed on full implementation of UN sanctions on North Korea. "There appear to be various loopholes (in the sanctions). These loopholes need to be carefully plugged one by one," he said.

To make country’s defense more powerful, the defense ministry of Japan will ask a 2.5 percent hike in defense spending. Japan's military is set to ask for record defense spending of 5.26 trillion yen ($48.12 billion) for the year starting April 1. The country continuously wants to give out strong messages to North Korea.

The head of the U.S. military's Pacific Command also said diplomacy was key. Admiral Harry Harris said that "So we hope and we work for diplomatic solutions to the challenge presented by Kim Jong Un,".