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Japan wary of N Korea’s summit agreement: Japan on Wednesday remained wary of North Korea’s agreement with South Korea to hold a summit and its openness to denuclearization talks with the United States, and vowed to keep pressuring the country to abandon its nuclear and missile ambitions.

“We will not change our policy to maximize pressure on North Korea by any means to force it to commit to abandoning its nuclear and missile development in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner and to taking concrete steps toward denuclearization,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not made any public comment on the latest development on the Korean Peninsula, but an aide quoted the premier as saying it is necessary to adopt a cautious stance and monitor the situation surrounding North Korea.

South Korea announced Tuesday it has agreed with the North to hold the first summit between the countries in over a decade in late April and that Pyongyang has expressed readiness to start a dialogue with the United States.

North Korea also pledged to halt its missile and nuclear activities during the period of dialogue with Washington and said there is no reason to possess nuclear arms in the presence of security guarantees and the absence of threats, according to the South Korean government. Read more

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Japan wary of N Korea’s summit agreement: Japan on Wednesday remained wary of North Korea’s agreement with South Korea to hold a summit and its openness to denuclearization talks with the United States, and vowed to keep pressuring the country to abandon its nuclear and missile ambitions.

“We will not change our policy to maximize pressure on North Korea by any means to force it to commit to abandoning its nuclear and missile development in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner and to taking concrete steps toward denuclearization,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.