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Japan, Russia agree to pursue denuclearization of N Korea

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Another international joke by Abe govt. NK already destroyed its nuclear test site, completely and irreversibly.

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Chances of 'territorial spat' being resolved any time soon, approximately nil.

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Another international joke by Abe govt. NK already destroyed its nuclear test site, completely and irreversibly.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45015343

'North Korea working on new missiles, US officials say, despite thaw'

Whoops. Guess you missed this recent tidbit in the news...

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Talks with Russia is a waste of time.

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During the two-plus-two session, the Japanese side sought cooperation from Russia in settling the abduction issue at an early date, officials said. Meanwhile, Lavrov told reporters after the meeting that the Russian side reiterated its concern about Japan's plan to introduce two Aegis Ashore missile defense systems in fiscal 2023. Moscow sees them as an addition to U.S. missile systems in the Asia-Pacific region.

And either side will ignore the other on this - Japan will go ahead with wasting a ton of taxpayer money on the missile systems which will keep Russia pissed and uninterested in the abduction issue ( that no one except Abe for his domestic politics, keeps on harping on ).

Tokyo is hopeful that cooperation with Moscow on North Korea and the strengthening of security dialogue will help settle a decades-old territorial spat over isles off Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido.

It will be settled once Japan accepts its not getting the islands back, period.

Lost the war , move on from the past ( as the rightwingers here like to say about every other WW2  issue that periodically pops up on JT ).

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Glad to hear the Slav morons getting triggered over Japan's missile defense, it means Japan is doing something right

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Why do countries like Russia and China get upset at missile defence systems? Especially after gloating that their nuclear missiles are "unstoppable" and will lay waste to any country that opposes them. In the interests of regional stability, of course.

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it means Japan is doing something right

J-govt would do something right if before spending those trillions on the systems that will not be delivered for 6 years (by which time NK will most likely be minimum) , could spend a fraction of that sum and for example put air conditioners into the 60 % of public elementary and JH schools where kids are suffering from heat exhaustion in the sauna like conditions this summer. Get the priorities straight.

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Amusing how Russia gets so worked up about a bordering nation taking steps to protect themselves. Shows Russia can never be trusted. Good on Japan for taking steps to protect itself from its pathetic neighbours

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@ReformedBasher

Why do countries like Russia and China get upset at missile defence systems?

Now the strategic balance between the U.S. and Russia is based on nuclear deterrent: both countries can destroy each other with nukes. The Aegis system, that will be also a part of the U.S. missile defense, can diminish the Russian deterrent, that explains why they are unhappy. And they have a point.

@Hallowed

Glad to hear the Slav morons getting triggered over Japan's missile defense, it means Japan is doing something right

North Koreans think the same - "yeah, the American morons getting triggered over our missiles, it means we are doing something right".

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Japans decision to purchase a missile system for domestic reasons and defense, is being exploited by Russia and others to point the finger at America. Trying to make Japans defense choices about Russia and America rather than Japan. Russia employs missile defense systems as do many other nations. Any attempt to assert that Japan should not have that right are an intrusion into Japans Sovereign rights to self defense.

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And they have a point.

So we should all get fried because of some unspoken agreement by those who will safe in their bunkers.

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SchopenhauerToday

Talks with Russia is a waste of time.

HallowedToday

Glad to hear the Slav morons getting triggered over Japan's missile defense, it means Japan is doing something right

Sure, let's war. So many are ready for "Final Rus Solution" so it seems inevitable.

ReformedBasherToday

Why do countries like Russia and China get upset at missile defence systems? Especially after gloating that their nuclear missiles are "unstoppable" and will lay waste to any country that opposes them. In the interests of regional stability, of course.

Another one pretending he doesn't know how it changes M.A.D. balance.

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Until Russia removes all their missile defenses as well, their point is completely invalid

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So we should all get fried because of some unspoken agreement by those who will safe in their bunkers

There are alternatives, such as not to start a war or do not provoke one by additional armament.

Aegis is a pointless huge waste of money, it is just a new servile payment to the U.S. military industry. It won't make Japan safer, but it will give Russians and Chinese a perfect excuse to take countermesures. Arms race on a new level. Very stupid decision indeed.

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So Russia will give up its 4000 nukes?

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Another international joke by Abe govt. NK already destroyed its nuclear test site, completely and irreversibly.

North Korea blew up an old shack near the sites to give the not that smart Americans the feeling that they are listening and some small boys reading the news :)

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J-govt would do something right if before spending those trillions on the systems that will not be delivered for 6 years (by which time NK will most likely be minimum) , could spend a fraction of that sum and for example put air conditioners into the 60 % of public elementary and JH schools where kids are suffering from heat exhaustion in the sauna like conditions this summer. Get the priorities straight.

Trumpists must understand that the 'trillions' are needed to build a Wall back home and not worry about kids they are not familiar with :)

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So Russia will give up its 4000 nukes?

As soon as the US, UK and France give up theirs.

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