Photo/IllutrationPrime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a news conference at a hotel in London on April 29 after finishing meetings with Russian and British leaders during his latest tour. (Shinichi Iizuka)

LONDON--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strongly condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch and dismissed possible resumption of six-party talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear program as unproductive, despite the urging of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We are not under any circumstances to resume talks immediately, given North Korea has repeated provocations and has not demonstrated any sincere and concrete actions toward denuclearizing (the Korean Peninsula),” Abe said at a news conference here on April 29.

The prime minister also said “dialogue for the sake of having dialogue will not lead to any solution.”

Putin called for the resumption of the talks to address the issue when the two leaders met in Moscow on April 27.

The six-party talks involving North Korea, South Korea, China, the United States, Japan and Russia have not been held since December 2008.

Abe’s remarks in London made clearer Japan’s position to go along with Washington’s policy to ratchet up pressure on the reclusive nation as the top priority.

The prime minister, who was visiting Moscow and London from April 27, also urged China, North Korea’s vital ally, to “surely and fully fulfill a constructive role."

North Korea launched a ballistic missile early on April 29 amid heightened regional tensions and international pressure in the wake of a series of missile and nuclear tests in recent years. But the projectile apparently broke up inside the country a few minutes after launch.

Japan’s National Security Council convened around 8:45 a.m., about three hours after the launch, to discuss the country’s response.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference that day Tokyo had lodged a protest with Pyongyang through a diplomatic channel at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing.

“We are ready to give Japanese all the necessary information,” Suga said. “We are calling on the public for calm and to act accordingly.”

Tokyo is outraged by the latest missile firing as it apparently was designed to coincide with the U.N. Security Council’s special ministerial meeting on North Korea.

“We can take (the missile launch) as a clear challenge as it was carried out after the meeting,” Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after he arrived in Turkmenistan.

Kishida was visiting the nation in Central Asia after attending the special session in New York.