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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - North Korea

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STATE FOR I/RF, PA/PR/FPC/W, IIP/G/EA, EAP/PD, R/MR,
EAP/J, EAP/P, PM;
USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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TAGS: OIIP KMDR KPAO JA
SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - NORTH KOREA

1. LEAD STORIES: Most Thursday morning papers gave top
play to the passage on Wednesday in the opposition-
controlled Upper House of a nonbinding censure motion
against Prime Minister Fukuda.

2. "Hasty Delisting Dangerous" The conservative Sankei
editorialized (5/12): "...North Korea issued a
statement reaffirming its opposition to all forms of
terrorism and any support for it. This is one of the
conditions the U.S. has attached to its delisting the
DPRK as a state sponsor of terrorism. Although some
officials at the State Department welcomed the
statement, North Korea does not appear to be seriously
considering ending its support for terrorists.
Pyongyang's move looks to be no more than a ploy to get
Washington to delist it.... The U.S. has said that
North Korea's complete and correct declaration of its
nuclear programs and its disablement of nuclear
facilities are necessary for delisting. The U.S.
Congress last month approved an amendment to the Arms
Export Control Act that places stricter conditions on
delisting. We would like to ask the U.S. not to advance
the process of delisting based on Pyongyang's recent
antiterrorism statement, which provides no guarantee."

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