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Abe calls nuclear test “grave threat”

  • January 7, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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All dailies reported on Prime Minister Abe’s statement in which he said: “North Korea’s nuclear test is a grave threat to the security of our nation and cannot be tolerated. I strongly condemn it…. The test clearly constitutes a violation of the UNSC resolutions.” The GOJ lodged a protest against North Korea through its Embassy in Beijing. The prime minister instructed cabinet ministers to consider a “resolute response,” hence indicating that it will reinstate sanctions that were partly eased in July 2014. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said Japan will adopt resolute measures while taking into account responses by North Korea and the international community.


According to the articles, the GOJ is likely to reinstate a ban on the entry of DPRK passport holders and senior officials of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryong), as well as on port visits by all DPRK vessels. The GOJ may also tighten regulations governing cash that Japanese can bring to North Korea as well remittances from Japan. Mainichi and Sankei said the Lower House is likely to adopt tomorrow a motion denouncing North Korea’s nuclear test.

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