By: Agence France-Presse

Japan on Monday warned towards being “blinded” by North Korea’s diplomatic charm offensive on the Winter Olympics, saying the principle aim stays ridding Pyongyang of nuclear weapons.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono used a go to to Singapore, the present chair of the ASEAN regional bloc, to name for unity in coping with Pyongyang, a spokesman stated.

“We need to maximise pressure on North Korea, to corner North Korea to change its policy by fully implementing the UN Security Council Resolution,” stated Toshihide Ando, deputy press secretary at Japan’s international affairs ministry.

“We will continue to work with the United States and South Korea on this issue. But it’s important that we should not be blinded by the charm offensive by North Korea,” he instructed reporters at a briefing on Kono’s go to.

He stated Kono met Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan individually and mentioned regional points, together with developments on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un has used the Winter Games hosted by South Korea in Pyeongchang to unleash a diplomatic push for his remoted regime.

Kim despatched his highly effective sister Kim Yo Jong to the Games the place she delivered a letter inviting South Korean President Moon Jae-in to a summit. She is the primary member of the dynasty to set foot within the South for the reason that Korean War.

North Korea’s delegation to the Games additionally included the nation’s ceremonial head of state and tons of of feminine cheerleaders.

Analysts have stated the charm offensive goals to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington and weaken the world group’s resolve to power the regime to desert atomic weapons.

A day earlier than the Winter Games, the North staged a army parade in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces, placing its intercontinental ballistic missiles on present.