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Japan PM urges caution on N.Korea talks, wants 'concrete steps'

AFP  |  Tokyo 

Japan's warned today that North Korea's offer of denuclearisation talks with the could be a ploy to play for time and stressed the need for to take "concrete" steps.

In his first public comments since an apparent diplomatic breakthrough between North and South Korea, said that talking for the sake of talking was "meaningless."

"I've repeatedly said that we have to create a situation of putting maximum pressure on so that the North wants to have talks with us," Abe told MPs.

"However... it is true that the North has in the past earned time to develop nuclear capabilities and missiles" during periods of negotiation, Abe cautioned.

"Talks for the sake of talks are meaningless and we should never loosen sanctions just because is open to talks," added the

In the latest chapter of a rapid Olympics-driven rapprochement on the Korean peninsula, has said it would consider giving up its nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees.

However, analysts have warned that any path to a US-deal over nuclear weapons is fraught with danger and uncertainty.

Japan, a close US ally in the region, is in the direct firing line of North Korean missiles and saw two fly over its territory in 2017, sparking outrage and lifting tensions to fever pitch.

Despite the apparent recent detente, Abe said Japan's position was unchanged: "North Korea has to show concrete actions toward denuclearisation by committing to abandon its nuclear programme via complete, verifiable and irreversible means."

Abe said he was looking forward to a briefing from a South Korean about his talks with the North when he visits next week.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 08:40 IST