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GOJ continues to exercise vigilance against North Korea

Friday’s Yomiuri reported that the Japanese government is exercising vigilance against North Korea out of concern that it will resume active development of nuclear weapons and missiles following Kim Jong Un’s remarks that the world will soon witness a “new strategic weapon.” The paper said the GOJ will continue to support the U.S.-DPRK denuclearization talks and work closely with the U.S. and South Korea to monitor North Korea’s moves. The paper wrote that a senior MOFA official analyzed Kim Jong Un’s recent remarks by saying Kim wanted to emphasize that the U.S. is to blame for the slowing down of the U.S.-DPRK talks. As for the “new strategic weapon,” the official expressed the need to collect more information and said it is unclear what Kim is referring to at this point. The daily added that Prime Minister Abe said on an Internet program on Jan. 1 that “Japan completely supports the U.S.-DPRK process. All nations must implement the UNSC resolutions.” The premier also reiterated that he will seek to hold a summit with the North Korean leader without any preconditions.

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