North Korea should first try to resolve pending issues with Japan before requesting food aid, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiromu Nonaka said Tuesday.

During talks with Soko Shimabukuro, an Upper House member, and Osamu Yatabe, a former Upper House member who returned from a five-day trip to Pyongyang on Saturday, Nonaka urged North Korea to first halt its reported preparations for another test-launch of a ballistic missile.

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