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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - North Korea

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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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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - NORTH KOREA

1. LEAD STORIES: Most papers gave top play to a set of
recommendations by a government panel on
decentralization.

2. "How to Carry Six-Party Efforts over into Obama
Administration" The liberal Asahi editorialized (12/9):
"...The ongoing six-party head-of-delegation meeting
has unprecedented significance, as the U.S. will have a
Democratic administration starting next month. This
will be the last round of the six-party talks under the
Bush administration. The six-party talks are the only
international framework aimed at getting North Korea to
abandon its nuclear programs. The incoming Obama
administration intends to maintain the framework. The
issue is clear: We should implement what we can do now
in order to continue the talks. The ongoing meeting is
increasingly important, as it will take some time for
the new administration to begin substantive work after
the selection of key government officials."

3. "U.S. Should Not Seek Hasty Results" The liberal
Mainichi stated in an editorial (12/9): "...Although we
hope progress will be made at the ongoing six-party
head-of-delegation meeting, we are concerned about how
the talks will go. We are worried that the Bush
administration, which will leave office on January 20,
could fall into a North Korean trap due to its
obsession with achieving some results on the matter....
It is obvious that North Korea is taking advantage of
the fact that the Bush administration is already a lame
duck. The U.S. should not make any concessions that
would impede future negotiations in an attempt to
produce hasty results. It would be wiser for the U.S.
to have the incoming Obama administration begin fresh
talks rather than striking a deal with serious flaws."

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