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Australia, Japan agree to keep pressure on North Korea

AP  |  Canberra 

and on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to pressuring North to abandon its nuclear weapons program and enforcing sanctions on

Australian said and are committed to working closely with allies and partners to ensure North is pressured to end its nuclear and missile programs.

Payne and were meeting in with Japanese and

"We need to see real steps to complete, verifiable irreversible denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, Payne told reporters.

Payne and Kono had discussed sanctions enforcement with the United State at last month's

Iwaya said the "international community must remain united" to achieve the dismantling of North Korea's weapons of mass destruction.

Meanwhile, and warned and the to settle their differences over trade and political issues using existing rules.

"No country wishes for a new cold war," Kono said.

has stepped up pressure on by raising tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods. has retaliated by imposing penalties on billions of dollars of US products.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 11:40 IST