Monday, November 24, 2003

Japan: turn up pressure on NK

Japan's Defense Agency chief, Shigeru Ishiba, has told the US to turn up the pressure on North Korea:

Defense Agency chief Shigeru Ishiba told visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly on Tuesday that pressure should be used when trying to ensure peace with North Korea.

"It's important to apply pressure for the sake of a peaceful, diplomatic resolution," a Defense Agency official quoted Ishiba as saying.

Washington is considering offering Pyongyang security guarantees in return for the North abandoning its nuclear arms program.

The "money" quote from Ishiba:

"A diplomatic, peaceful resolution does not mean just listening to what the other side says," Ishiba told a news conference later in the day. "We should not allow a nation to achieve a goal through threats of (using) nuclear arms and missiles."

Well said.


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