Japan 'not satisfied' with North Korea's suspension of nuclear tests, says it will continue to put pressure on Pyongyang

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Kim Jong-un has halted North Korea's nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches, as diplomatic efforts to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula gather pace.

Tokyo: Japan is not satisfied with North Korea's pledge to halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches, its defence minister said on Friday, warning that Tokyo will continue to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang.

"We can't be satisfied," Itsunori Onodera told reporters in Washington, saying North Korea did not mention "abandonment of short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles".

He added that Japan will not change its policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang for the "ultimate abandonment of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear arms and missiles".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said on Friday that his country would halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches, a move welcomed by US president Donald Trump and South Korea.

Pyongyang's declaration, long sought by Washington, comes less than a week before Kim meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit, ahead of a much-anticipated encounter with Trump himself.

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