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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: Top stories on Wednesday morning included an Asahi
report on the Japanese government's alleged request to the U.S. in
1999 to classify the declassified government documents concerning a
reported U.S.-Japan "secret accord" on the introduction of U.S.
nuclear weapons into Japan.

2. "Sanctions Should Not Be Relaxed" The moderate Yomiuri
editorialized (8/26): "It is too early to conclude that [recent
moves by North Korea] will lead to the resumption of talks
concerning [Pyongyang's] abolition of its nuclear programs. We need
to carefully determine the real motives of North Korea, which is
stepping up its 'dialogue offensive.'... The effects of the UN
Security Council sanctions have apparently been partially
responsible for North Korea's recent humble attitude. There are
signs that the DPRK, which is in a difficult situation due to
restrictions on money, goods, and personnel that could be linked to
missile and nuclear development, is expecting South Korea to provide
'humanitarian assistance.'... The international community should
deal with North Korea in a stringent manner so as not to allow the
nation to make its possession of nuclear arms a fait accompli.
Pressure should not be relaxed until North Korea takes concrete
steps to abolish its nuclear programs."

ROOS

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