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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Japan-Dprk

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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 - JAPAN-DPRK
NORMALIZATION TALKS


LEAD STORIES: Top stories on Friday morning include the
conclusion on Thursday of the two-day Japan-DPRK
working-group meeting on normalization.

1. "Opportunity to Break the Ice" The liberal Asahi
editorialized (9/7): "Although no specific progress was
made during the Japan-DPRK normalization talks held in
Mongolia, the meeting set the stage for continued
dialogue.... The fundamental gap between the two
nations remains, but an atmosphere for dialogue was
created. The talks between the US and DPRK and the
start of implementation of the six-party agreement
changed the atmosphere of the Japan-DPRK talks. It is
clear that the US has been successful in its talks with
North Korea. If progress is made on Japan-DPRK
normalization, Pyongyang will be able to improve its
ties with Washington.... It is too early to be
optimistic that the thick layer of ice between Tokyo
and Pyongyang will soon melt. This window of
opportunity, however, should be used wisely...."

2. "Japan Should Stay Alert to North Korean Moves" The
top-circulation, moderate Yomiuri editorialized (9/7):
"...North Korea agreed to continue talking with Japan
due to US prodding. Washington has expressed hope for
progress on Japan-DPRK relations, including the
abduction issue, and the question of delisting North
Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism lies behind the
US move. The US has said that it will consider
delisting in tandem with North Korea's complete
declaration of its nuclear programs and disablement of
its nuclear facilities. Both the US and the DPRK seem
to believe that improvement in Japan-DPRK relations
will be necessary for delisting. Japan, however, cannot
accept Pyongyang being delisted until the abduction
issue is resolved...."

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