April 20, 2018 / 11:16 PM / a year ago

Japan defense minister says it's not the time to ease pressure on North Korea: Kyodo

Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera attends a news conference at Defence Ministry in Tokyo, Japan August 8, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato

(Reuters) - Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said it was not the time to ease pressure on North Korea, following news that Pyongyang had decided to suspend its nuclear and missile tests effective immediately, Kyodo News reported.

Onodera was speaking to reporters on Friday in Washington, the news agency said.

Japan has advocated a policy of maximum pressure to get the reclusive state to abandon its weapons program.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher in Tokyo; Editing by Sandra Maler

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