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DPRK official calls for Japanese investment in rare earth development

Asahi reported on remarks allegedly made to the daily recently by a North Korean government official involved in its economic policy. The unnamed official reportedly urged Japan to make substantial investments in the development of his country’s rare earths, which, he stressed, are indispensable for Japanese industry. He also pressed Japan to resume economic exchanges by saying: “Instead of engaging in war with us, Japan could achieve a ‘win-win’ situation if it started economic exchanges.” With regard to the stalled U.S.-DPRK denuclearization talks, the official explained that the Kim regime’s goal is to have Washington remove all nuclear weapons that are capable of reaching North Korea from Okinawa, Guam, and Hawaii. “We are not saying the U.S. should get rid of all of its nuclear arsenals. We would abolish our atomic weapons if the denuclearization of the region were achieved.”  

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