Japan, China diplomats affirm ‘resolute’ response to N Korea
Senior diplomats from Japan and China agreed Wednesday in Tokyo to deal “resolutely” with further provocation by North Korea, but did not bridge the gulf between their stances on how to do so.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said Kenji Kanasugi, director general of the ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and Wu Dawei, China’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, affirmed that Japan and China will “respond resolutely” to further provocative actions by North Korea.
That phrase appeared chosen to indicate that Japan and China will both support stronger U.N. sanctions on North Korea, which continues to pursue the development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
Japan is expected to use this affirmation with China — North Korea’s primary economic and diplomatic benefactor — as a form of pressure on the North.
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