Australia, Japan agree to keep pressure on North Korea
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, right, speaks as Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne listens during a joint press conference in Sydney, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Australia and Japan on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program and enforcing sanctions on Pyongyang. (Dan Himbrechts/AAP Images via AP) (Associated Press) October 10 at 2:23 AM
CANBERRA, Australia â" Australia and Japan on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program and enforcing sanctions on Pyongyang.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australia and Japan are committed to working closely with allies and pa rtners to ensure North Korea is pressured to end its nuclear and missile programs. Payne and Defense Minister Christopher Pyne were meeting in Sydney with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya.
âWe need to see real steps to complete, verifiable irreversible denuclearizationâ of the Korean Peninsula, Payne told reporters.
Payne and Kono had discussed sanctions enforcement with the United State at last monthâs U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Iwaya said the âinternational community must remain unitedâ to achieve the dismantling of North Koreaâs weapons of mass destruction.
Meanwhile, Australia and Japan warned China and the United States to settle their differences over trade and political issues using existing rules.
âNo country wishes for a new cold war,â Kono said.
President Donald Trump has stepped up pressure on China by raising tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods. Beijing has retaliated by imposing penalties on billions of dollars of U.S. products.
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