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Japan, U.S. consider joint sanctions against North Korea

(Asahi: January 22, 2016 – p. 4)

 

 The UN Security Council member countries have agreed to take “additional strong measures” against North Korea. However, as for specific sanction measures, “each country has its own situation,” according to Japanese Ambassador to the UN Motohide Yoshikawa.

 

 Although Japan, the U.S. and other countries have called for strengthening sanctions, there is concern in the UNSC that “North Korea will run amok if it is pressured.” Consultations on a resolution draft have been promoted mainly by the U.S. and China. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit China on Jan. 26. Separately from UN sanctions, Japan and the U.S. are considering jointly imposing stronger sanctions against North Korea.

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