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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo after his phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday night.
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Abe and Trump united in demanding nuclear-free North Korea

Japan and US double down on 'maximum pressure' approach

Nikkei staff writers | North Korea

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed during a phone call Wednesday night to continue exerting maximum pressure on North Korea, while reaffirming that the reclusive state must agree to denuclearize before any dialogue can happen.

"Even at this moment, North Korea is continuing to develop nuclear and missile weapons," Abe told reporters after his phone call with Trump. "We need to directly face this reality. A dialogue for the sake of dialogue is meaningless."

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