Abe: N. Korea sanctions shouldn’t be eased

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday stressed the need to maintain tough sanctions on North Korea even after an agreement to hold an inter-Korean summit next month.

“Sanctions should never be eased only because the country came forward for dialogue,” Abe told the Budget Committee of the House of Councillors. “Concrete action toward denuclearization is necessary.”

“We’ll raise pressure to the maximum,” the prime minister said. He then pledged Japan’s efforts to fully implement U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions against the reclusive state.

Abe said Suh Hoon, head of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service who traveled to North Korea earlier this week to meet the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, is expected to visit Japan next week.

“We want to have an in-depth exchange of opinions,” Abe said. “By asking what kind of discussions were actually held [between South and North Korea], we have to conduct analyses.”Speech

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