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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Japan Calls For Sanctions On North Korea

Japan Official Calls for N. Korea Sanctions.

TOKYO - Japan will call for U.N. economic sanctions against North Korea if the communist state tests an atomic bomb, a top ruling party official said Sunday after the North claimed it was taking steps to produce more plutonium for nuclear weapons.

Shinzo Abe, secretary-general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said Japan faces the greatest threat of any nation if North Korea is armed with nuclear weapons.

"If North Korea's possession of nuclear weapons becomes definite and (the North) conducts nuclear testing, for instance, Japan will naturally bring the issue to the U.N. and call for sanctions against North Korea," he told Asahi TV.

"It is unthinkable not to impose any sanctions in case of a nuclear testing."

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