Japan PM says time for North Korea dialogue is over

Japan PM says time for North Korea dialogue is over

He then urged Pyongyang to fully scrap its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

The Japanese leader spent a large part of his speech outlining the failed attempts at using dialogue and agreements to coerce North Korea into giving up its nuclear program, eventually telling the worldwide body the DPRK has used the talks to defraud the U.S., South Korea and Japan. "The resolution is nothing more than the beginning", he stated.

Instead, she offered help in negotiating a solution with North Korea, noting that Germany played a role in talks with Iran to limit its nuclear program - a 2015 agreement that Trump described as an "embarrassment" heightening expectation he plans to walk away from it. "What is needed to do that is not dialogue, but pressure". "In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third time?" he noted.

"If we are forced to defend ourselves and our allies, we will do so with military power that is effective and overwhelming", Pence said.

Abe told the U.N. General Assembly the "gravity of this threat is unprecedented".

"We believe that any kind of military solution is completely deficient and we support diplomatic efforts", she told radio station Deutsche Welle.

China - which has grown frustrated by Kim's actions but also fears the consequences of his regime's collapse - has repeatedly urged dialogue, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday urging an end to the "current deepening vicious cycle".

Tourist numbers from Japan rose earlier this year as bilateral ties showed signs of improving but took a nosedive when the North started firing more and more missiles before conducting another nuclear test last month.

The PM made the comments to a group of investors at the New York Stock Exchange, ahead of an address at the United Nations General Assembly.

"North Korea's nuclear weapons either already are, or are on the verge of becoming, hydrogen bombs", he said, predicting they could "sooner or later" deliver them by intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Citing the Agreed Framework reached between Washington and Pyongyang in 1994 and the six-party talks involving the two Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and the United States that have stalled since 2008, Abe said North Korea had "no intention whatsoever of abandoning its nuclear or missile development".