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2006-08-13 01:47:19

TOKYO (Reuters) - A majority of Japanese believe that their country should not have the capability to make pre-emptive strikes, according to a survey published on Sunday. North Korea's July 5 missile tests rekindled debate in Japan over whether it should develop the ability to make such strikes and whether they would violate its pacifist constitution. A survey conducted on August 5 and 6 by the Yomiuri Shimbun daily found that 55.1 percent of the 3,000 respondents said they...

2006-08-07 03:42:02

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - China urged Japan on Monday to stop visits by its leaders to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, as speculation grew that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would make a pilgrimage next week on the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender. South Korea, which also suffered under Japanese military aggression, is expected to make a similar demand this week when its foreign minister, Ban Ki-moon, visits Tokyo. Tokyo's relations with both Beijing...

2006-07-26 09:23:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is encouraged by China's "affirmative steps" in freezing some North-Korea related assets, White House spokesman Tony Snow said on Wednesday. A U.S. official told Reuters the action was taken by the state-owned Bank of China and pre-dated North Korea's July 4 missile tests. "We're encouraged by the fact that the Chinese government has taken affirmative steps," Snow told reporters. The United States has tried to nudge China -- Pyongyang's...

2006-07-18 00:37:23

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has begun work on possible financial sanctions against North Korea over its missile tests, but said a decision on implementation would be taken in concert with other countries and depend on Pyongyang's behavior. Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki said on Tuesday that government officials were looking into ways to impose restrictions on financial assets and fund flows to North Korea. "The purpose is to get North Korea to abandon its...

2006-07-13 03:54:21

By Jack Kim PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - North Korea stormed out of talks with South Korea on Thursday and Seoul froze food aid to its impoverished neighbor, as regional fissures over how to deal with Pyongyang's missile tests widened. Pyongyang also appeared to have stood up to its closest ally, Beijing, which has sent a "friendship delegation" to North Korea. "So far they don't seem to be interested in listening, much less doing anything," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State...

2006-07-12 00:11:07

By Jack Kim PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - South and North Korea held formal ministerial talks on Wednesday for the first time since Pyongyang sparked a crisis with missile tests as a rift among regional powers widened despite U.S. calls for unity. Seoul said it wanted the cabinet-level talks in South Korea to focus on the North's missile and nuclear programs, but Pyongyang largely sidestepped the issue. "The missile issue and (the North's) return to six-party talks took up most of...

2006-07-10 23:26:53

By Toshi Maeda TOKYO (Reuters) - The top U.S. envoy on North Korea headed back to Beijing on Tuesday for an unscheduled visit as efforts intensified to find a diplomatic solution to a crisis sparked by Pyongyang's test-launch of missiles last week. Overnight the U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a Japan-sponsored resolution to impose sanctions on the isolated state so as to allow time for a high-level Chinese delegation to talk to Pyongyang. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu...

2006-07-10 05:59:07

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan backed off its plan to push for a vote on North Korean sanctions at the U.N. Security Council on Monday in the face of continued efforts by regional powers to resolve a missile crisis through direct diplomacy. The resolution is opposed by China -- Pyongyang's biggest ally -- and Moscow, which both have veto power. South Korea has also said sanctions would be ineffective against its reclusive communist neighbor, which test-fired a barrage...

2006-07-07 00:22:28

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea has demanded that Japan end sanctions it has imposed in reaction to Pyongyang's missile launches, threatening "stronger action" if Tokyo continues with the measures, Japanese media said on Friday. "Japan is translating its criticism against us into action," Kyodo news agency quoted Song Il-ho, North Korea's ambassador in charge of diplomatic normalisation talks with Japan, as telling Japanese reporters in Pyongyang. "This may force us to take stronger...

2006-07-05 07:41:45

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea test-fired a barrage of missiles on Wednesday, including a long-range weapon said to be capable of reaching Alaska, ratcheting up tensions in north Asia and drawing international condemnation. At least six missiles were launched early in the morning and a seventh some 12 hours later, officials in Japan and South Korea said. Russia said North Korea fired 10 missiles, but the report from a senior general could not be immediately...


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