Japan PM Abe calls for global blockade of N. Korea

Pauline Gross
September 22, 2017

In his speech before the UN, Abe said more than a decade of talks with North Korea had yielded only the realization the country never intends to give up its weapons programs.

Those comments were made moments after U.S. and Chinese leaders agreed to "maximise the pressure" on Kim's regime after the UN tried to curb Pyongyang's sources of income by slamming the pariah nations with fresh sanctions.

"I have been holding several telephone meetings with President Trump at appropriate times, but by having him visit Japan, I want to make Japan-U.S. relations even more solid and deepen our bonds", Abe told reporters after the meeting with Trump on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, calling for strict implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea, which has conducted a series of nuclear tests and missile launches.

Without specifically naming them, Abe laid criticism at the feet of countries including China and Russian Federation that have advocated for direct talks with North Korea to get it to denuclearize. "What is needed to do that is not dialogue, but pressure", he said.

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"Whether we can stop North Korean provocations depends on the worldwide community working together", he said.

In his United Nations speech, Abe said North Korean nuclear weapons either already were, or were on the verge of becoming, hydrogen bombs, presenting an unprecedented threat.

North Korea fired a missile on Friday that flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan and landed far out into the Pacific Ocean, according to Japanese and South Korean officials, further ratcheting up tensions in the region. He stressed Japan's support for the stance of the United States, which is that "all options are on the table", including military actions. But this time, Abe sought the resolution of the abduction issue by making specific mention of Yokota.

Trump grabbed headlines with the remark in his Tuesday speech that if the United States "is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".

A solid victory would boost Abe's chances of a third term as ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader in a party election next September, putting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister. He voiced alarm at North Korea's military progress, which he said had brought the regime to the threshold of mastering hydrogen bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles, which would be able to strike the United States.

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