Abe, UN head affirm coordination on N. Korea

Abe, UN head affirm coordination on N. Korea

In his first trip to Japan as secretary-general of the world body, Guterres met with Abe for over an hour at the prime minister's office.

United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of "sleepwalking" into war, said on Thursday that Security Council resolutions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

While Japan's alert system succeeded in informing the public about the launches, just 5.6 percent of respondents said they took shelter after North Korea fired on September 15.

Guterres on Thursday stressed that Security Council resolutions "need to be fully implemented" by Pyongyang as well as by other countries, whose roles he termed "crucial" for making sure the sanctions are put in place. Feltman's visit was made upon North Korea's invitation. "And the message was conveyed", Guterres said, adding that in addition to Security Council resolutions, "there must be a sense of urgency in creating the conditions for meaningful dialogue to achieve denuclearization".

Asked if he is considering a trip to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un, Guterres said: "Meetings only make sense if there is a objective to those meetings".

The U.N. secretary general calls for full implementation of worldwide sanctions against North Korea.

At a joint press conference held after the meeting, Abe said he and Guterres completely agreed that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is essential for regional peace and stability.

Hong is on a three-day trip in Tokyo for talks with key Tokyo politicians on North Korea threats and bilateral relations amid growing security concerns in both countries sparked by North Korea's persistent provocations, including the November 29 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Suga, Japan's top government spokesman, said this was a stance they had previously affirmed.

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