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Kono stresses need for pressure over dialogue in touching N. Korea problem

Jiji Press NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — Foreign Minister Taro Kono at a U.N. Security Council ministerial meeting in New York on Friday stressed the need to increase pressure on North Korea, rather than holding dialogue with the reclusive country, which continues nuclear and ballistic missile development.

“What is important today is that the international community becomes more united and cooperates closely on maximizing pressure on North Korea by all means available,” Kono, who chaired the meeting, said.

“Only by doing so, we can make North Korea change its policy,” he said, adding that the series of Security Council sanctions resolutions are “an effective means to achieve this goal.”

“It is our responsibility not to repeat such past mistakes as conducting dialogue for the sake of dialogue,” Kono said.

Kono also said that Nobuko Masumoto, the mother of Rumiko Masumoto, a Japanese woman, who was kidnapped by North Korea in 1978 when she was 24 years old, died at the age of 90 recently.

“The families cannot wait forever,” Kono said, calling for an early solution to the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago.Speech

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