- Title: Japan's new foreign minister says it is time to exert pressure on North Korea
- Date: 22nd August 2017
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (AUGUST 22, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTRY JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER, TARO KONO, SEATED FOR INTERVIEW WITH MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER, TARO KONO, SAYING: "It is a time to exert pressure on North Korea until it shows clear intention and conduct for denuclearisation." INTERVIEW IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER, TARO KONO, SAYING: "There are loopholes in UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea, and they must be done away with." KONO LOOKING ON INTERVIEW IN PROGRESS JOURNALIST WRITING (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER, TARO KONO, SAYING: "I think it important for China to abide the international rules as it represents a significant portion of the global economy. I hope China will behave in a way that is appropriate for a global power." KONO STANDING UP AT THE END OF INTERVIEW
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- Keywords: Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono North Korea sanction missile denuclearisation China
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Reuters ID: LVA0016V8N77P
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- Story Text: Japan's new Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, said on Tuesday (August 22) international pressure against North Korea must be maintained until Pyongyang clearly demonstrates that it will give up its nuclear program.
In an interview with a group of domestic and foreign media, Kono said it is not the time to discuss the resumption of six-party talks but to plug up the loopholes in UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea.
Regarding territorial rows in East and South China Sea, Kono said China must behave in a way that is appropriate for a global power.
Kono, who replaced Fumio Kishida when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet on August 3, is known for his close ties with Washington and his reputation as a political maverick who does not shy away from speaking his mind, even on politically sensitive issues.
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