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Abe says Japan won’t accept North Korea as nuclear power

Japan won’t accept North Korea as nuclear power, Abe says, Nikkei Asian Review, 14 Sept  
Prime minister vows to fortify defense, but rejects pursuit of strike capability, 
TOKYO — As North Korea rapidly develops its nuclear weapons capability and China grows as the top economic and military power in the region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program and to strengthen Japan’s defense capabilities in an interview with The Nikkei and the Nikkei Asian Review……..

“The international community must put pressure on North Korea until it commits to give up the nuclear weapons program. There is little point pursuing dialogue for the sake of dialogue. It has to be aimed at changing North Korea’s policies. We welcome that a new sanctions resolution was passed by the U.N. Security Council at such a speed and in a unanimous vote with support from both China and Russia…..”
“..Recognizing North Korea as nuclear power means treating it as equal (to other nuclear powers), That would be a wrong step to take. Once it is recognized as nuclear power, there will be no stopping other countries from seeking the same status. It would greatly increase the risk of nuclear proliferation.”……..https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Japan-won-t-accept-North-Korea-as-nuclear-power-Abe-says
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September 16, 2017 - Posted by | Japan, politics international

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