Japan and the United States agreed Monday to keep pressuring North Korea to end its nuclear weapons drive, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki said after meeting with Nicholas Burns, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs.
Foreign Minister Taro Aso told reporters after meeting with Burns that Japan and the U.S. cannot allow North Korea to possess nuclear arms.
Japan will not loosen its own sanctions or others based on the U.N. resolutions even if North Korea returns to the talks, Aso said.
He added that Japan and the U.S. will urge the other parties to the talks, except North Korea, to meet during the Nov. 18-19 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Hanoi.
Burns and Joseph are scheduled to visit South Korea on Tuesday, and China on Wednesday, where they will meet Russian delegates.