September 5, 2017 / 3:02 PM / in 3 months

Merkel, Abe agree sanctions against North Korea should be stepped up

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke by telephone on Tuesday and agreed that sanctions against Pyongyang should be stepped up in response to North Korea’s nuclear test, a spokesman for the German government said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference in Berlin, Germany August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

“She agreed with Prime Minister Abe that North Korea’s latest nuclear test threatened the security of the entire world and that this massive violation of the U.N. Security Council’s resolution must result in a resolute reaction from the international community as well as tougher sanctions,” spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

Merkel and Abe agreed that increased pressure on North Korea should make Pyongyang more willing to agree to a peaceful solution and that China and Russia had a key role to play in that, Seibert added.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Michael Nienaber

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