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Need to pressure Pyongyang reaffirmed

Jiji Press

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier shake hands at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier agreed Tuesday to strengthen pressure on North Korea, which sticks to its nuclear and missile programs while holding dialogue with South Korea.

“We had candid discussions on the security environment in East Asia and confirmed the importance of close cooperation between Japan and Germany,” Abe told a joint press conference after his meeting with the German president.

The North Korean threat is serious, the Steinmeier said, underscoring the need to maintain strict sanctions on the reclusive country.

During the meeting, Abe and Steinmeier also confirmed their countries’ cooperation for the early entry into force of the economic partnership agreement between Japan and the European Union.Speech

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