programs, following the U.N. Security Council resolutions 1695 and 1718,” Shiozaki said.

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.

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