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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
North Korea Crisis

North Korea must agree to nuclear inspections, Abe tells Moon

Japanese and South Korean leaders to keep up 'maximum pressure'

Nikkei staff writers | China

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday that North Korea must take concrete steps toward scrapping its nuclear program, such as submitting to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

In a 40-minute phone conference, the two leaders agreed to continue exerting "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang toward the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, according to sources in their governments.

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