U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is saying that United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs need to be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.
Guterres made the comments after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo just days after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions.
U.S. insists that no negotiations could be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior. The White House has declined to say whether President Donald Trump, who has taken a tougher rhetorical line toward Pyongyang than Tillerson, gave approval for the top U.S. diplomat’s overture. United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, who visited Pyongyang last week, said that senior North Korean officials did not offer any type of commitment to talks, he however believes he left “the door slightly open.”
But Japan maintains that now is the time to keep up maximum pressure on Pyongyang and not to start talks on the North’s missile and nuclear programs.