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U.S., Japan, ROK to seek strong UN resolution on North Korea

  • January 17, 2016
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Sankei, All national papers , NHK
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All papers ran inside-page reports on the trilateral talks between Deputy Secretary of State Blinken, Vice Foreign Minister Saiki, and First Vice Foreign Minister Lim in Tokyo on Saturday, saying that the senior diplomats from the U.S., Japan, and South Korea agreed to closely cooperate in seeking a strong and effective UN Security Council resolution on North Korea over its recent nuclear test. The officials also agreed to urge China to support the adoption of a tough Security Council resolution against Pyongyang.

 

Asahi wrote that Deputy Secretary Blinken reiterated the Obama administration’s basic position that North Korea should take concrete actions toward denuclearization by referring to Iran’s agreement to reduce its nuclear programs that has led to the expected lifting of sanctions on Tehran. Yomiuri and Sankei quoted the Deputy Secretary as expressing the hope that China will exercise leadership at the UNSC. Nikkei quoted the Deputy Secretary as saying that in this region no challenge is greater than the one posed by North Korea and that China has a profound stake in the stability of the region as do the U.S., Japan, and South Korea. However, the paper reported from New York that despite the continued behind-the-scenes discussions at the UNSC, especially between the U.S. and China, there is the prevailing view there that the adoption of a sanctions resolution on the DPRK by the end of this month appears difficult due to Beijing’s cautious position.

 

The papers added that the officials also discussed the South China Sea, where China is constructing artificial islands, with Mainichi quoting Deputy Secretary Blinken as telling the press that the three nations will make efforts to ensure freedom of navigation.

 

NHK aired a report on the trilateral meeting during its 7 o’clock primetime news on Saturday evening.

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