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NATIONS – Japan’s government spokesman says this is a moment to raise pressure on North Korea – not a time for dialogue.

Norio Maruyama said North Korea has reached “a new level” with its latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile “and this is a time to raise pressure in order to be able to conduct a serious dialogue.”

He told a briefing Monday for a group of UN correspondents that “dialogue for the sake of dialogue is meaningless.”

The US wants to toughen UN sanctions against the North, including restricting oil sales. Maryuyama said “we are considering” tougher UN sanctions. He also said, “we need to see what sanctions are most successful.”

Maruyama urged all countries to implement UN sanctions and called on China and Russia to use their influence to play “an even more constructive role” with North Korea.

Courtesy of Bangkok Post