Japan threatened North Korea with fresh sanctions unless its shuts a nuclear reactor amid reports Thursday the US may allow an American bank to handle blacklisted money to end the stalemate.
In the latest diplomacy to kickstart the troubled February 13 aid-for-disarmament deal, Japan and South Korea on Thursday issued a joint call for the communist state to live up to its promises.
Japan, which has tense relations with North Korea, threatened new sanctions unless Pyongyang meets its commitments soon.
"We will soon, maybe within a week or so, talk with the United States about how we have had enough," Foreign Minister Taro Aso told a lower house panel Wednesday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan "won't stay patient forever."
"If North Korea does not carry out what it had promised, we will have to think about a variety of options," Abe told reporters late Wednesday.
North Korea's number two leader said Thursday his country remained committed to nuclear disarmament despite the dispute.
Japan has already imposed sweeping sanctions against North Korea, including a ban on all imports. Advocates of stronger action have suggested measures such as banning exports and blacklisting ships that travel to the communist state.
But in a potential move to resolve the crisis, Japan's Kyodo News and The Washington Times said the US was considering letting an American bank handle the money at Macau's Banco Delta Asia.
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