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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Six-Party Talks And

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SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - SIX-PARTY TALKS AND
INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT


LEAD STORIES: Most Japanese dailies led with the joint
declaration signed on Thursday by ROK President Roh Moo
Hyun and DPRK leader Kim Jong Il.

1. "Problems Remain in Six-Party Agreement" The
conservative Sankei editorialized (10/5): "...The
latest round of the six-party talks looked for a
detailed roadmap for implementing the 'next phase'
actions. However, the joint statement announced on
Wednesday lacks details, and it is problematic in that
many elements were left ambiguous.... The USG has
welcomed the planned disablement of three nuclear
facilities in North Korea as a means to stop the DPRK
from producing additional plutonium. However, halting
additional production is only the first step toward
denuclearization. It is clear that denuclearization of
the Korean Peninsula will not be realized until such
issues as how much nuclear material Pyongyang possesses
are addressed."

2. "Colorful Words Not Enough" The liberal Asahi said
in an editorial (10/5): "ROK President Roh and DPRK
leader Kim Jong Il signed a joint declaration.... It is
certain that the move will help promote peace and
stability in the region.... Attention was paid to how
the nuclear issue would be addressed in the
inter-Korean summit. However, there was no progress on
the matter, as the declaration only pledged cooperation
on efforts to implement the agreement and joint
statement adopted by members of the six-party talks....
Pyongyang should steadily fulfill its pledges, as it
has confirmed its commitment in the inter-Korean
declaration."

3. "Denuclearization is Precondition for Peace and
Prosperity on Korean Peninsula" The economic-oriented
Nikkei editorialized (10/5): "The first inter-Korean
summit in seven year ended with the signing of a joint
declaration by ROK President Roh and DPRK leader Kim
Joint Il. Although the two nations proposed four-way
talks involving the US and China to formally end the
Korean War and create permanent peace on the Korean
Peninsula, it should not be forgotten that complete
denuclearization by North Korea is a precondition for
this."

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