Japan says talks between Kim Jong-un, Xi Jinping must end North Korea's nuclear weapons programme

Beijing: Japan's prime minister has reiterated that any talks with North Korea must end its nuclear weapons programme, following an unexpected meeting this week between the leaders of North Korea and China.

File image of Shinzo Abe. AP

File image of Shinzo Abe. AP

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday that Japan has great interest in what happened and hopes to receive an explanation from China.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met Chinese president Xi Jinping on a visit to Beijing that caught most of the world by surprise.

Abe said that "what's important is not dialogue for dialogue's sake, but to achieve nuclear and missile dismantling in a completely verifiable and irreversible way."

He added that sanctions on North Korea must be maintained until it takes concrete actions toward that end.

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Updated Date: Mar 28, 2018 10:14:06 IST

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