F18 aircrafts are parked on U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ during the Malabar 2017 tri-lateral exercises between India, Japan and US in the Bay of Bengal, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Rishi Lekhi)
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Japan called Monday for increased pressure on North Korea, saying this is not a time for dialogue.Government spokesman Norio Maruyama said North Korea reached "a new level" with its latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile as Americans celebrated Independence Day on July 4 .Despite condemning the ICBM test, South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday offered talks with North Korea, indicating for the first time since his inauguration in May that he wants to use dialogue to defuse the international standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programs.Maruyama said the Japanese government is "aware of the announcement," but made clear that immediate talks aren't the approach it supports.Maruyama said Japan is encouraging China to play "a greater role" in pressuring North Korea to halt its provocative actions and comply with Security Council resolutions.
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