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N.Korea: Japan Sanctions Would Be War Declaration
    #3514701 - 12/17/04 07:51 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

N.Korea: Japan Sanctions Would Be War Declaration

Wed Dec 15, 4:37 AM ET World - Reuters

By Teruaki Ueno

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea (news - web sites) warned Japan on Wednesday that it would treat economic sanctions as a "declaration of war" and threatened to try to exclude Tokyo from six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear arms programs.



Calls are growing from the Japanese public and politicians for the government to impose sanctions on North Korea after Tokyo said bones Pyongyang had identified as those of Japanese it had kidnapped were from other people.


"If sanctions are applied against the DPRK (North Korea) due to the moves of the ultra-right forces (in Japan), we will regard it as a declaration of war against our country and promptly react to the action by an effective physical method," a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, monitored in Tokyo.


North Korea handed over the bones at talks in Pyongyang in November, saying they were the remains of Megumi Yokota and Kaoru Matsuki, two of 13 Japanese who Pyongyang has admitted abducting in the 1970s and 1980s to teach its spies about Japan.


Japan, which has no diplomatic ties with North Korea, lodged a protest with Pyongyang and demanded clarification on the fate of 10 Japanese who Tokyo believes were kidnapped. North Korea has said eight of the 10 are dead and two others unaccounted for.


North Korea's spokesman said it was "unimaginable" that the bones handed over by Yokota's North Korean husband were not hers.


The North admitted in 2002 to kidnapping the 13 Japanese, and Japan believes another two were also abducted.


Five have returned to Japan.


Pyongyang has said in the past that any imposition of sanctions by Japan would be tantamount to a declaration of war.


A hefty majority of Japanese citizens favor economic sanctions on North Korea, media polls have shown.


However, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has taken a cautious stance, apparently for fear of jeopardising the six-party process.


"We must find out where their real intention lies," Koizumi told reporters when asked about North Korea's remarks.


OBSTACLE TO NUCLEAR TALKS


A Japanese Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday that the six-party talks among the two Koreas, the United States, Japan, China and Russia were unlikely to be held before President Bush (news - web sites) was sworn in for a second term on Jan. 20 and might be delayed until March, Japanese media reported.


South Korea (news - web sites), meanwhile, said that sanctions were not a good option.


"I would like to repeat that it is desirable to make real progress through peaceful dialogue by making North Korea join the dialogue table rather than sanctions or blockade," South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon told a news conference.


North Korea's spokesman said Pyongyang might call for Japan to be excluded from the talks on its nuclear programs, which also involve the two Koreas, China, Russia and the United States.





"We will seriously reconsider the issue of taking part in the six-party talks together with Japan as long as such premeditated and provocative campaign of the ultra-right forces against the DPRK goes on," he said.

Three rounds of six-party talks have made little progress and a fourth round set for September did not materialize.

Pyongyang said on Monday it was seriously reconsidering its role in the talks because of what it sees as a concerted campaign to topple its ruling system.

The five regional powers are seeking to persuade the North to ditch its nuclear weapons ambitions in return for aid and security guarantees.

(Additional reporting by Reuters Television in Seoul)


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Re: N.Korea: Japan Sanctions Would Be War Declaration [Re: Great_Satan]
    #3514705 - 12/17/04 07:52 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)



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Re: N.Korea: Japan Sanctions Would Be War Declaration [Re: Great_Satan]
    #3514721 - 12/17/04 07:58 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

haven't we learned from Iraq that economic-sanctions have a devastating effect on the civilian populations while not doing a damn thing to those in power?

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"I would like to repeat that it is desirable to make real progress through peaceful dialogue by making North Korea join the dialogue table rather than sanctions or blockade," South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon told a news conference.




what he said...


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Re: N.Korea: Japan Sanctions Would Be War Declaration [Re: Krishna]
    #3514735 - 12/17/04 08:00 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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haven't we learned from Iraq that economic-sanctions have a devastating effect on the civilian populations while not doing a damn thing to those in power?




The Iraqis were given everything they needed. Saddam Hussein, Koffi Annon and the French stole it all.


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Re: N.Korea: Japan Sanctions Would Be War Declaration [Re: Great_Satan]
    #3514790 - 12/17/04 08:21 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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Great_Satan said:
The Iraqis were given everything they needed.  Saddam Hussein, Koffi Annon and the French stole it all.




:what: ok, first of all, the Iraqis (if by this, we mean the Iraqi people) weren't given close to everything they needed. for example, basic medicines. Look at the infant mortality rates in Iraq pre-sanctions as compared to during the sanctions. Read interviews from any Iraqi doctor. I'm sorry, but a statement like that clearly reflects the fact that you do not have any knowledge about the effect that sanctions had on the Iraqi people. Do some research.

http://www.globalissues.org/Geopolitics/MiddleEast/Iraq/Sanctions.asp
http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/awc/97-144.pdf
http://www2.gol.com/users/bobkeim/Iraq/sancintro-p.html
http://www.american.edu/TED/iraqsanc.htm

Secondly, yes - Saddam Hussein did steal what little the Iraqis were given the right to buy. As did some French businessmen. And some English, German, American (gasp! is it true?!), and other businessmen. And the last I read, there is absolutely no evidence that Kofi Annan had anything to do with this...


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Re: N.Korea: Japan Sanctions Would Be War Declaration [Re: Krishna]
    #3517094 - 12/18/04 02:26 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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Krishna said:
haven't we learned from Iraq that economic-sanctions have a devastating effect on the civilian populations while not doing a damn thing to those in power?






That's why I think we need to get things wrapped up in Iraq and move on to N. Korea.


War kills fewer people than anything else in the world.


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