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North Korea Crisis

US and Japan vow to keep sanctions until North Korea gives up nuclear weapons

Washington urges Pyongyang to take action to avoid additional punitive measures

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and Japan will maintain economic sanctions against North Korea until the reclusive country gives up its nuclear weapons program, the two countries' foreign ministers reaffirmed Wednesday in a meeting aimed at showing solidarity between the two allies ahead of a U.S.-North Korea summit on June 12.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono also agreed that the two countries will press North Korea for complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear weapons program and that they will meet again after the summit.

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