Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (Source: Getty Images)

Guterres said he "fully supports the negotiations taking place between the US and DPRK," toward the goal of "total denuclearization that is verifiable, that is irreversible."

In a press conference after their meeting at his office, Abe said, "We recognize it is necessary for the international community to maintain full implementation of sanctions based on the UN Security Council resolutions to draw concrete action from the DPRK."

Secretary General Guterres is visiting Japan to attend a ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of the US atomic bombing on Nagasaki, southern Japan.

The August 6th, 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima killed 140,000 people, and the bombing on Nagasaki three days later killed another 70,000, promoting Japan’s surrender in the World War II.

Mr. Guterres is the first UN Secretary General to attend the Nagasaki ceremony, while his predecessor Ban Ki-moon attended the memorial service in Hiroshima in 2010./.

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