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.