Jan. 12 (UPI) — Japan mentioned it might “by no means settle for” North Korea as a nuclear weapons state, after an announcement from Kim Jong Un in the course of the regime’s Eighth Social gathering Congress.

Japan’s chief cupboard secretary, Katsunobu Kato, mentioned Tuesday at an everyday press briefing that Tokyo rejects a nuclear North Korea. On the Social gathering Congress final week, Kim had referred to as for progress in Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons buildup.

The North Korean chief had mentioned final week a long-range missile able to reaching the USA ought to be improved for accuracy. Kim additionally claimed a nuclear-powered submarine was underneath growth.

Kato mentioned Tokyo plans to cooperate with stakeholders, in keeping with South Korean information company Yonhap and YTN.

“Sooner or later, Japan and the USA, Japan, the USA and South Korea, will proceed to cooperate carefully,” the spokesman mentioned.

Kato additionally mentioned Japan will cooperate with the worldwide neighborhood, together with China and Russia, to “promote the complete implementation of related United Nations Safety Council resolutions.”

Final yr in a protection white paper, Japan mentioned North Korea most certainly has the potential to launch an assault towards Japan with a nuclear warhead.

The federal government paper additionally mentioned the Kim regime might have perfected the potential to miniaturize nuclear warheads and mount them on ballistic missiles able to reaching their targets.

Kato mentioned Japan is not going to change the best way the federal government addresses the North Korean chief. Kim was conferred the title of basic secretary on the Social gathering Congress, however in keeping with Kato, Japan will proceed to make use of the title “chairman of the state affairs fee” to seek advice from Kim, studies mentioned.

The North Korean chief met with U.S. President Donald Trump 3 times, however the two sides didn’t attain an settlement on denuclearization.

Trump has mentioned he maintains a detailed relationship with Kim, referring to written correspondence with the North Korean head of state. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to comply with via with “principled diplomacy,” has slammed Trump for assembly with Kim.

Final week, Kim declared the USA to be North Korea’s “largest enemy,” however has stayed away from launching missiles.