September 14, 2017 / 9:42 AM / 10 months ago

Japan's Abe says U.N. resolution must force change in North Korea

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called for strict enforcement of a U.N. resolution against North Korea over its latest nuclear test, saying the world must force a change in Pyongyang’s policies.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi press a button at the groundbreaking ceremony for a high-speed rail project in Ahmedabad, September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Abe made the remarks during a visit to India aimed at deepening economic and defences ties to balance the weight of a rising China. New Delhi stood with Tokyo in its resolve for a firm response to Pyongyang, he said.

“I’d like to appeal to the world, together with Prime Minister Modi, that we need to have North Korea change its policy through the thorough implementation of the newly adopted Security Council resolution by the international community.”

“Prime Minister Modi and I are in full agreement on this,” he said.

The 15-member Security Council voted unanimously on a U.S.-drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions against North Korea on Monday in response to its latest and most powerful test, banning North Korea’s textile exports that are the second largest only to coal and mineral, and capping fuel supplies.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe uses headphones to listen to a speech during the ground breaking ceremony for a high-speed rail project in Ahmedabad, September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani in New Delhi and Kiyoshi Takenaka in TOKYO; Editing by Nick Macfie

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