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Abe says N Korea still developing missiles despite launch pause

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday said an almost two-month pause in North Korean missile tests was no indication that it had halted its weapons development, insisting it was too early for any talks with the regime.

"I believe that it continues to develop its weapons," Abe told a news conference in Manila after a series of meetings with other Asian leaders at a gathering of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia Forum.

"There is no point for talks for the sake of talks," he said.

Abe's insistence that tough sanctions, including restrictions on oil sales, are necessary to soften up the North Korean regime over the coming winter could put him at loggerheads with other countries such as South Korea that might agree to open talks if approached by the North.

After firing missiles at a pace of about two or three a month since April, North Korean missile launches paused in September, after it fired a rocket that passed over Japan's northern Hokkaido island.

Abe said he would work closely with other countries in the region including China and Russia to persuade North Korea to halt missile development and give up its nuclear weapon ambitions.

Abe, in a meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam on Saturday, hailed a “fresh start” to the relationship between Asia's two biggest economies and military powers, including cooperation on North Korea.

Abe on Tuesday said that he wanted to deepen cultural and economic ties with China.

The Japanese leader, who also called for an Indo-Pacific region that is "open and free to all" returns to Japan on Wednesday.

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I believe that it continues to develop its weapons,

I hear you abe. I too believe there's a spinning cup underneath my bed. You have no way of verifying this claim. Just know it's true.

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It's obvious they are still developing their weapons and they've realized that if they test out in the open they will be hit with a unified international response and severe sanctions, that's why they've been so quiet recently and haven't done any more open tests as they know they are on the brink of destruction. They will feverishly continue to develop their weapons and only test when absolutely necessary, such as new missile types or smaller nuke warheads.

Therefore now is the time more than ever to severely tighten the noose on NK as they have just moved their program into the shadows like Iran did before the nuke deal. Only complete nuclear disarmament is acceptable here

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It's obvious they are still developing their weapons and they've realized that if they test out in the open they will be hit with a unified international response and severe sanctions, that's why they've been so quiet recently and haven't done any more open tests as they know they are on the brink of destruction. 

Claims sans evidence are akin to blowing on an unlit candle hoping it will somehow get lit. Anything other than a semblance of evidence for claims is hot, empty noise.

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What a genius.  Of course they are.  Did he think sanctions or Trump tweets would stop them?

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Shut it Shinzo and get back in your U.S. State Department appointed box. The CIA will be in touch when they need you next.

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