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Japan's Abe Applauds US Policy on NKorea, China Raises Doubts

Japan's Abe Applauds US Policy on NKorea, China Raises Doubts
Japan's Prime Minister Shizo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump (AP)

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 06:54 AM

Japan's leader has welcomed America's re-designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (SHIN'-zoh AH'-bay) tells reporters in Tokyo that Japan supports the move as a way to increase pressure on North Korea.

His statement Tuesday followed President Donald Trump's announcement in Washington that the U.S. is putting North Korea on America's terrorism blacklist. Trump said the designation is long overdue, and promised a new wave of sanctions as part of a maximum-pressure campaign.

Japan is increasingly nervous about North Korean advances in developing nuclear weapons. North Korea has sent missiles over Japan twice this year in tests into the Pacific.

The Chinese government has said it hopes countries would do more to bring North Korea and others back to talks instead of making tensions worse.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang is stopping short of criticizing the U.S. following its declaration of Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism. Lu said Tuesday that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly sensitive and that it would be "helpful to bring all parties back to the negotiation table instead of doing the opposite."

Da Zhigang, a North Korea expert at the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences, said the U.S. move could trigger retaliation from North Korea.

Da says the move "will arouse diplomatic reactions and hatred toward the U.S. from North Korea" and could even prompt the North to resume missile tests.

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Japan's leader has welcomed America's re-designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells reporters in Tokyo that Japan supports the move as a way to increase pressure on North Korea.
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