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Latest update : 2017-12-15

Japanese FM against 'dialogue for the sake of dialogue' with Pyongyang

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono reacted to the proposal by his US counterpart Rex Tillerson to hold direct talks with North Korea without preconditions. Kono insisted that Pyongyang must first "abandon its nuclear weapons and missiles" before any talks. "Dialogue just for the sake of dialogue has been a failure in the past; we don’t want to repeat this mistake", he told FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman, adding that sanctions "have started to take effect".

The Japanese foreign minister also touched on ties with China, says relations between the two countries are "showing signs of improvement".

On trade, he called the decision by US President Donald Trump to withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement a "mistake” and said he hoped the US would change its mind on the issue.

By Marc PERELMAN

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2018-06-18 Americas

'Changing FARC peace deal would be a huge historical error for Colombia'

Humberto de la Calle was head of the Colombian government's negotiating team that reached the 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels. In an interview with FRANCE 24, he discussed his...

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2018-06-15 Sport

Nigeria coach: 'We've managed to build a team that works well together'

As World Cup action continues in Russia, we speak to a globetrotter of international football. Gernot Rohr is a former player for Bayern Munich and Girondins de Bordeaux, plus a...

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2018-06-09 Asia-pacific

'With N. Korea, everything is perfectly sound and rational'

North Korea experts Dorian Malovic and Juliette Morillot have co-written a book in French called "The World According to Kim Jong-un". They have both been to North Korea many...

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2018-06-07 Middle East

Israel's Ehud Barak: 'We must ease the humanitarian situation in Gaza'

In an interview with FRANCE 24, former Israeli PM Ehud Barak reacted to the cancellation of a football match between Israel and Argentina, PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to...

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2018-06-05 Africa

Niger's Issoufou urges countries to 'honour commitments' on migration

In an interview with FRANCE 24 in Paris, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou discussed migration, the political crisis in Libya and a recent crackdown on protests.

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