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Japan not satisfied with N. Korea’s nuke test halt, wants ‘complete & irreversible’ denuclearization

RT | April 21, 2018

While South Korea has welcomed Kim Jong-un’s announcement of the suspension of nuclear and ballistic tests, Tokyo, which strongly supports Washington’s “maximum pressure” approach, voiced an extremely cautious optimism.

Japan, the United States and South Korea have been relentlessly striving for a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, meaning of course only Pyongyang’s nukes and not the US strategic bombers and aircraft carriers. Following months of productive talks with Seoul, Kim Jong-un announced a halt to any further nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, saying that North Korea’s strategic deterrence program has reached its goal.

“North Korea’s decision is meaningful progress for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which the world wishes for,” the South Korean President’s office said in a statement. “It will contribute to creating a very positive environment for the success of the upcoming inter-Korean and North-US summits.”

Japan, however, was a bit more cautious with its assessment of the development. “This announcement is a forward motion that I’d like to welcome,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

“I want to welcome these positive moves, but I wonder if this will lead to the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its nuclear arsenal, weapons of mass destruction and missiles,” Abe said. “I’d like to keep a close eye on the developments.”

Japan’s Defense Minister was even more skeptical in his remarks. “We can’t be satisfied,” Itsunori Onodera, was quoted as saying by the Japan Times, noting that Kim did not mention the “abandonment of short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles.”

Donald Trump has, meanwhile, welcomed the news, calling it a big progress and telling his Twitter followers that he is “looking forward” to the upcoming US-North Korea summit, which is being planned sometime after the intra-Korean meeting on April 27.

April 21, 2018 - Posted by | Aletho News | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Abe is bent on re-militarizing Japan; I don’t trust him a bit. He seems to be in thrall to Trump. Perhaps he dreams that Trump is the American Shogun (at last, a worthy successor to Shogun MacArthur!) and he the Japanese Shogun, partners moving toward a 21st Century “greater Asia economic/military prosperity sphere” in which Japan would be the logical within-region shogunate?

    Comment by roberthstiver | April 22, 2018 | Reply

  2. If I believed in nukes I would still be hiding, hunched over, beneath my school desk.

    But, of course, bombs are bad enough. Still though, the lies are too much. It’s disgusting.

    Comment by tsisageya | April 23, 2018 | Reply

  3. That’s what they want. They want the goyim to be cowering in their homes, for whatever reason.

    Comment by tsisageya | April 23, 2018 | Reply


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