• Reuters, Staff Report, JIJI

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Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Saturday that it is important not to reward North Korea for only agreeing to dialogue and that it must take concrete action to dismantle all of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs — including shorter-range weapons that threaten Japan.

His South Korean counterpart urged support for dialogue to help North Korea join the international community, saying its leader, Kim Jong Un, must be given the benefit of the doubt.

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