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Cablegate: Media Reaction Q North Korea

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION Q NORTH KOREA


LEAD STORIES: Most Friday morning papers front-paged the
US submission Thursday to the UN Security Council (UNSC)
of a revised draft resolution calling for sanctions on
North Korea.

1. "Sanctions on North Korea: Legal Framework Needed to
Address Crisis" The top-circulation, moderate Yomiuri
editorialized (10/13): "Japan is facing a most serious
threat from the North Korean nuclear test. Imposing
sanctions is a matter of course, and the GOJ has moved to
do so unilaterally without waiting for a resolution from
the UN Security Council (UNSC). The measures include a
complete ban on the entry of North Korean ships, the
import of North Korean products, and the entry in
principle of North Korean passport holders.... As a
pillar of sanctions, the US insists on maritime
inspections of ships entering or leaving North Korea so
as to block the flow of materials and technology related
to WMD development and proliferation. This measure should
be included, but if maritime inspections do take place,
Japan would have difficulty taking part, as its Maritime
Self-Defense Force (MSDF) does not have the authority to
fire warning shots or forcefully stop suspicious
ships.... PM Abe said at an Upper House session that
considering how to deal with international contingencies
is a major task for Japan. His remarks illustrate the
limitations of the nation's present legal framework. It
is a matter of course for the GOJ to consider enacting
effective laws."

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