September 4, 2017 / 2:33 AM / in 10 months

Japan foreign minister says agrees with U.S. on close cooperation over North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Monday he and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agreed to cooperate closely in order to exert pressure on North Korea through the United Nations.

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono, with his U.S. counterparts, participates in a news conference after their U.S.-Japan Security talks at the State Department in Washington, U.S., August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“We agreed on close cooperation between Japan and the United States to exert maximum pressure on North Korea and the UN, including the adoption of Security Council resolutions,” Kono told reporters after a phone call with Tillerson.

Kono and Tillerson spoke after reclusive North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by Paul Tait

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