Foreign Minister Kono's father raps Abe for handling of North Korea

Frederick Owens
September 22, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged all United Nations member states Wednesday to block North Korea's access to "the goods, funds, people and technology" necessary for its nuclear and missile development programs.

Abe said diplomatic attempts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear aspirations have failed over two decades. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly called on North Korea to enter into dialogue over its nuclear program.

"The increased moves of the USA and its vassal forces to impose sanctions and pressure on the DPRK will only increase our pace towards the ultimate completion of the state nuclear force", a statement on North Korean state media said on Monday, using the acronym for the country's official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Abe urged U.N. member states to ensure the "strict and full implementation" of the U.N. Security Council resolutions to impose sanctions against North Korea. "I intend to put forward daring policies unlike any that have come before", said Abe, who was scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly later on Wednesday.

"For North Korea, dialogue was instead the best means of deceiving us and buying time", he said.

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The North Korean issue took up more than 80 percent of Abe's 16-minute speech. But years of sanctions have had limited effects on North Korea, which follows a "juche" ideology of self-reliance and counts on neighboring China as its economic lifeline. "North Korea has already demonstrated its disregard of the resolution by launching a missile".

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has said: "We greatly appreciate President Trump's approach to changing North Korea's policy stance, denuclearising the country and calling on the global community, including China and Russian Federation, for their cooperation toward strengthening pressure on North Korea".

A day after US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it attacks, Abe said: "We consistently support the stance of the United States: that 'all options are on the table'". Abe, Japan's longest-serving post-World War II prime minister, rose to political prominence on his calls for a tough line on North Korea over its past abductions of Japanese civilians.

Abe also pledged to face the North Korean threat through the Japan-U.S. alliance and the trilateral unity of Japan, the United States and South Korea. "We must prevent goods, funds, people, and technology necessary for nuclear and missile development from heading to North Korea".

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