Japan says not time for dialogue with North Korea, now is time for pressure

Japan on Monday downplayed South Korea’s offer to hold military talks with North Korea, saying the priority should be piling pressure on Pyongyang through sanctions.

“This is not a time for dialogue. This is a time for pressure,” Japan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Norio Maruyama told reporters in New York.

“This is a time to raise pressure in order to conduct a serious dialogue,” said Maruyama.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry proposed a meeting to be held Friday at the border truce village of Panmunjom to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.