Japan says it and U.S. share stance pressure needed on North Korea

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Japan says it and U.S. share stance pressure needed on North Korea

A freak own goal by defender Ri Yong-Chol 25 minutes from time in Tokyo proved the difference in South Korea's 1-0 win which dashed any hopes the North had of winning the four-team biennial tournament that was first held in 2003. In September, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the second to fly over Japan in less than a month.

Guterres attended a press conference at the Japan National Press Club Thursday afternoon, where he gave his early evaluation of United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman's four-day visit to Pyongyang.

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Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key US demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres attends the Plenary Session of the One Planet Summit at the Seine Musicale venue in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France December 12, 2017. "And the message was conveyed", Guterres said, adding that in addition to Security Council resolutions, "there must be a sense of urgency in creating the conditions for meaningful dialogue to achieve denuclearization". To this, Guterres said, "We can only mediate when both [parties] accept our mediation". They affirmed that it is important that each U.N. member country fully implements the U.N. Security Council's sanctions resolutions on Pyongyang.

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After meeting with Guterres earlier in the day on Thursday, Abe said he agreed on the need to maximize efforts to denuclearize North Korea.

"It was a special game for us - special for the players and for the country", North Korea coach Jorn Andersen told reporters afterwards.

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"We want to express our total condemnation in relation to the abductions that took place, and our strong commitment to do everything we can. for that horrendous situation to end, that causes so much suffering to so many Japanese families", Guterres said.

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