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Senator Coons: Sanctions against DPRK should not be eased before denuclearization

NHK reported online on Monday evening that U.S. Senator Christopher Coons, a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, told the press in Tokyo earlier in the day that although the DPRK has announced its testing of a new type of tactical guided missile and is taking a tough stance in demanding concessions from the U.S., the U.S. government’s economic sanctions should not be relaxed until North Korea takes dramatic measures toward denuclearization. Noting that the U.S. and Japan are on the same page with regard to maintaining the sanctions while the ROK advocates easing certain sanctions to persuade the DPRK to denuclearize, Coons was quoted as saying: “Personally, my opinion is closer to Japan’s position.” He reportedly expressed hope for even closer coordination between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea so that there will be no “surprises” in the talks, stressing the importance of the three countries communicating closely and coordinating their responses.

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