Earlier this month, North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date, drawing stiffer United Nations sanctions.
The decision to send aid to North Korea was not popular in South Korea, hitting President Moon Jae-in's approval rating. These sanctions followed sanctions placed in August on the regime's coal, lead, iron, and seafood exports, which represent a third of the regime's total exports.
North Korea's foreign minister likened U.S. President Donald Trump to a "barking dog" on Thursday, after Trump warned he would "totally destroy" the North if it threatened the United States and its allies.
Diplomacy and dialogue will not work with North Korea and concerted pressure by the entire global community is essential to tackle the threats posed by North Korea, Abe wrote.
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Separately, China and Russian Federation began a joint naval exercise east of the Korean peninsula.
North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005 and tested its first nuclear device in 2006.
"I'm waiting for the regime in North Korea to give us some indication that they're prepared to have constructive, productive talks", he said on CBS's "Face the Nation".
The only country to have completely ended diplomatic relations with Pyongyang in recent years was Botswana, which severed ties after a United Nations investigation revealed extensive and widespread human rights abuses in North Korea.
"More dialogue with North Korea would be a dead end", Abe explained in an opinion piece in The New York Times, arguing that past attempts to "solve the problem through dialogue failed".
This response comes after a series of successful missile tests by North Korea, who also claim to have developed an ICBM (Intercontinental ballistic missile) capable of reaching the United States.
The newspaper also said sanctions should not interfere with legitimate trade between North Korea and the outside world, or harm everyday people.
Because the KN-17 appears to be successful, the official says the U.S. has assessed that it is likely North Korea will turn back to additional testing of the KN-20 (aka Hwasong 14) intercontinental ballistic missile to see if they can improve its performance.
Although the approval rate is still high, those surveyed said Moon had fallen out of favor due to North Korea's continued provocations and the government's decision to consider sending aid to North Korea, Realmeter said.
But with two recently launched North Korean missiles flying over northern Japan, the potential for having to consider a shoot-down without a direct threat remains very real, according to one senior defense official.
In a statement, carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency, the unnamed spokesman also slammed the US -led sanctions campaign as the "most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility to physically exterminate the people" of North Korea.