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Japan, China to coordinate in adopting sanctions resolution against DPRK

  • September 15, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All papers wrote that Foreign Minister Kishida and Chinese FM Wang spoke by phone last night and agreed to take a concerted approach toward adopting an additional punitive resolution against North Korea at the UN Security Council. The Chinese official reportedly expressed a positive stance toward Kishida’s call for Beijing to take a constructive role as a permanent council member in responding to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test.

 

Noting that the Chinese minister also conveyed a similar view to the South Korean foreign minister on Tuesday, the dailies expressed hope for expedited discussions at the UN body for putting together a sanctions resolution at an early date. But Asahi expressed doubts about whether Beijing will really endorse a strong resolution against Pyongyang, explaining that Washington, Tokyo, and Seoul are hoping to close “loopholes” in the existing sanctions, which were permitted as a result of marathon negotiations at the UN between the U.S. and China conducted after North Korea detonated a nuclear device in January. 

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