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GOJ welcomes relisting of North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism

  • November 21, 2017
  • , NHK, Fuji TV, TV Asahi
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Most networks reported that the GOJ has welcomed the relisting of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S., quoting Prime Minister Abe as telling reporters this morning: “Our nation welcomes and supports the relisting of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States as this will strengthen pressure on North Korea.” NHK quoted Defense Minister Onodera as saying this morning: “North Korea has not conducted any ballistic missile tests over the past two months but we cannot deny that it continues to conduct various types of research and development. It is necessary to apply unified international pressure on North Korea. North Korea is likely to react sharply, so we cannot rule out the possibility that it will take additional provocative actions. In any case, increased vigilance is crucial and we will continue to maintain a sense of readiness to respond.” TV Asahi reported that a senior GOJ official stressed the significance of maximizing pressure on North Korea by saying that the relisting will send a “strong message to North Korea.”

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