Negotiating with North Korea is a trap, Abe warns UN

Donald Trump

"What we had to learn is that during the time this dialogue continued, North Korea had no intention whatsoever of abandoning its nuclear or missile development", he said.

He also said, considering its past behavior, Pyongyang needs to display a honest will and action toward its denuclearization if it hopes to have substantial talks with concerned parties.

Mr Abe said: "We can't be satisfied that the United Nations has approved new sanctions against North Korea. In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third time?" he said.

"North Korea's nuclear weapons either already are, or are on the verge of becoming, hydrogen bombs", he said, predicting they could "sooner or later" deliver them by intercontinental ballistic missiles.

She said members of the council - the U.N.'s most powerful body - should be prepared to take "all necessary measures" and "work together to exert the pressure we know is necessary to force Kim Jong Un to change his ways". U.S. President Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly that Washington would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies.

Abe argued that past dialogue and economic assistance to the North ultimately did not put an end to its weapons development.

Abe also said he wanted to create a "regulatory sandbox system" in Japan, allowing entrepreneurs to start new businesses without conforming to existing regulations for a period of time, without offering details. "What is needed to do is not dialogue, but pressure", he added.

Abe pledged to make every effort to return Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.

Instead, she offered help in negotiating a solution with North Korea, noting that Germany played a role in talks with Iran to limit its nuclear program - a 2015 agreement that Trump described as an "embarrassment" heightening expectation he plans to walk away from it.

Abe reiterated Wednesday that Japan consistently supports the US stance that "all options are on the table".

The fight between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump escalated when the USA chief said at the UN: "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime".

South Korean President Moon Jae-In is a longtime dove but has agreed with Trump to ratchet up pressure on North Korea in the face of the crisis.



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