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Don't be 'blinded' by N Korea charm offensive: Japan

AFP  |  Singapore 

today warned against being "blinded" by North Korea's diplomatic charm offensive at the Winter Olympics, saying the main goal remains ridding of nuclear weapons.

Japan's used a visit to Singapore, the of the ASEAN regional bloc, to call for unity in dealing with Pyongyang, a said.

"We need to maximise pressure on North Korea, to corner to change its policy by fully implementing the UN Security Council Resolution," said Toshihide Ando, deputy press secretary at Japan's foreign affairs ministry.

"We will continue to work with the and on this issue. But it's important that we should not be blinded by the charm offensive by North Korea," he told reporters at a briefing on Kono's visit.

He said Kono met and separately and discussed regional issues, including developments on the

North Korean leader has used hosted by in Pyeongchang to unleash a diplomatic push for his isolated regime.

Kim sent his powerful sister Jong to the Games where she delivered a letter inviting South Korean Moon Jae-in to a summit. She is the first member of the dynasty to set foot in the South since the Korean War.

North Korea's delegation to the Games also included the country's of state and hundreds of female cheerleaders.

Analysts have said the charm offensive aims to drive a wedge between and and weaken the world community's resolve to force the regime to abandon atomic weapons.

A day before the Winter Games, the North staged a military parade in to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces, putting its intercontinental ballistic missiles on show.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 18:10 IST