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Abe demands world find new way to stop N Korean nuclear threat

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It demands a new means of addressing it, altogether different from what we applied until yesterday,” he said.

NK actions demand a new response is not the same as Abe demanding a new response.

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Just change this site's name to ABE TODAY, and be done with it.

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Pointing to US President Barack Obama’s landmark visit

He sure is milking the visit for all its worth.

Maybe if Abe were to shock China and the rest of the world by paying a visit to Nanjing, Abe and Japan might face less obstruction with regards to North Korea and UN.

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Abe highlighted that Japan, the only nation to have suffered nuclear attack, was committed to the elimination of the ultra-destructive weapons.

出た!!!

How many of those cards does Japan have?

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The current permanent security council members have all shown they are not worthy of the place and the organisation will not be enhanced by having 4 more countries of pretty much the same ilk joining them. If we must have such a council then we need countries that are much more selfless with regard to peace, humanity and human development and the environment on it to show us the way. Maybe Scandinavians or Costa Rica or Bhutan, maybe even Canada ... I dunno ... but the records of all the countries are out there. The current bunch and the wannabes have pretty poor records on all scales and hardly represent the way humanity should go.

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Demanding that "the world do something" means that no one will do anything. No one has done anything so far, and nothing will be done until North Korean bombs hit Seoul or Japan, or America.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday demanded that the world find a new way to halt the threat from >North Korea

There is a solution, the irony is it's the very thing Abe will complain about. It worked in 1945.......

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Dan LewisSep. 22, 2016 - 09:20AM JST Abe highlighted that Japan, the only nation to have suffered nuclear attack, was committed to the elimination of the ultra- destructive weapons. 出た!!! How many of those cards does Japan have?

Just two I'd say. 広島 and 長崎.

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Kim needs to go, one way or another. Imagine Cuba or Venezuela testing missiles in the direction of the US. Japan has put up with this for too long.

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...we all know Abe needs the crazy Kim to justify his military rebuilding. He's probably going to suggest this rebuilding of Japan's military as the means for the world to stop N Korea nuclear threat.........Then the whole world will praise Japan!

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Invade? now we have destroyed the Middle East isn't it time we had a go at the Far East?

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Abe: "It demands a new means of addressing it, altogether different from what we applied until yesterday"

...for example?

Why didn't Abe offer a few ideas of his own during his speech? What an opportunity to do so.

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Why didn't Abe offer a few ideas of his own during his speech? What an opportunity to do so.

If you need to ask this question you should learn more about Mr Abe. He can't, because he doesn't have any original ideas, even his urges are outdated and dont work. I am surprised he's lasted as long as he has.

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Ugh. What a horrible bunch of responses. I am disappointed. Even the article spells it out clearly. SInce WWII, Japan has been content to be the world's peace experiment. It accepted that, unconditionally, and proceeded to make a tiny nation with no natural resources into the number 2 GNP of the world. It has proved that peace works and that peace can lead the world to a better way.

But just look at the ooozing cynicism when Abe stands up and just says the truth. Even though Japan has rejected nuclear weapons and renounced war, if countries are willing to use any excuse imaginable to avoid protecting the "peace experiment," then why do the people living in Japan have to remain committed to standing defenseless against bullying thug states?

I think people in other countries have forgotten "the deal" and "the history" and forget the responsibilities of their ancestors for protecting the dream of a lasting peace. If Japan is starting to wonder about the resolve of all nations to make a stand for peace, I can hardly blame them.

If Japan rearms, I cannot blame them either. Not one bit. If the name of the game is "every man for himself," then it is time Japan started playing that game. Japan has kept its part of the bargain for 70 years, but apparently nobody else has.

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Maybe if Abe were to shock China and the rest of the world by paying a visit to Nanjing, Abe and Japan might face less obstruction with regards to North Korea and UN.

Rubbish. The US is not getting anywhere with its NK policy even though there is nothing comparable to Nanjing in the history of US-China relations. And, you forgot the comfort women while you were at it.

..we all know Abe needs the crazy Kim to justify his military rebuilding.

No, all of us don't know that. He doesn't really need NK with communist China in the neighborhood.

f you need to ask this question you should learn more about Mr Abe. He can't, because he doesn't have any original ideas, even his urges are outdated and dont work. I am surprised he's lasted as long as he has.

Indeed. Abe is not the least bit clever but those who post here should be able to do more than just criticize Abe. What are YOUR proposals for dealing with NK?

If Japan rearms, I cannot blame them either. Not one bit. If the name of the game is "every man for himself," then it is time Japan started playing that game. Japan has kept its part of the bargain for 70 years, but apparently nobody else has.

Indeed. And, for all the criticism of Abe for allegedly rearming Japan, I wonder if there is anyone posting here who comes from a country with a better track record since 1945 than Japan. Anyone from Costa Rica (abolished its military in 1948) in the audience?

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I'm with bullfighter. I don't particularly like Abe, but the UN is somewhere they need to come to some sort of consensus. He might not have any ideas, but he is there stating the current plan isn't working and he is correct. It's not just Japan he is stating this for but the world in general. I'm sure you'll all be quick to point the finger at Abe for doing nothing when the **** hits the fan.... or laugh any ideas he might have off as being ridiculous. Doesn't matter what he does if nothing he does can ever be right in your eyes.

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Two points -

1) I find it ironic that Japan chooses not be a signatory to the abolish nuclear weapons campaign. A total Ban, nonetheless. Instead it chooses to play both cards. We as the only sufferers of nuclear weapons and We under the protection of US nuclear weapons and their "deterrent effect.

2) I find nothing wrong at all with a nation (Japan) showing it's non-offensive peace colours and intentions. With centuries of history supporting the warrists, a new challenge , a new direction for peace is an admirable cause. To the nay-sayers I say, it has to start somewhere. Be seen as a leading nation defying the trend, against all odds hold on to pacifism. Get "lesser" nations support to start and build a considerable network over the decades, becoming a force too loud to ignore. Dreaming??? Well the other option has NEVER worked - NEVER. The courage and conviction required to follow the non-offensive path is immense. Japan is in the position to engage the world with this - but I cynically believe the govt is so interwoven into the fabric of the military - industrial complex, that it cannot extricate itself or doesn't even want to. So we unfortunately have to witness "One face Good, Two faces Better"

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@Yubaru - Sorry, I was being sarcastic!

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What are YOUR proposals for dealing with NK?

The UN Security council issue a unanimous ultimatum to Kim, open up the country to UN inspectors, free access, to all sites, shut down the weapons testing and manufacturing, plus everything covered in the sanctions, give him one week to respond, if he doesnt agree....

Doesn't matter take your pick, Mossad, Spetsnaz , Delta,...take his ass out. Try him in abstention for having the worst hair cut on record, sentence him and carry it out in a timely manner, drones might work too. Just dont announce it publicly, he'd go into hiding.

Do what it takes, get rid of him! and continue to get rid of NK leaders that keep on with the same policies. THAT'll get the message across.

THe people of NK deserve at least that much.

@Yubaru - Sorry, I was being sarcastic!

My apologizes, hard to read sarcasm here sometimes without having the handy rolling eyes emoticons. This forum is so....90's!

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I challenge anyone to provide evidence that NK has detonated >any< nuclear devices.

Radiation traces, etc.

I don't believe NK has ever set off a nuclear device. This latest 'nuclear test' was the latest in a run of falsehoods, IMO.

It was declared a nuclear test the day it occurred. Funny thing is, US and Japan sent up radiation 'sniffer' aircraft that can detect airborne radiation, and their results were due out nearly a week after the actual test. The results have not been widely publicized.

Has anyone seen anything about actual radiation in the air?

China and South Korean authorities both said they did not detect any abnormal levels of radiation above their countries.

So what exactly was detonated?

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Dust off the 1944 planes for the "ko- Jo" and microwave these rockets an his hair do if he keeps do this nuke stuff

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let's see what 5 million drones can do

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Dmanding the world rather than the neighbours? You are all East Asia just to point this country globally.

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As Yubaru's first comment pointed out, Abe didn't demand anything. The headline was written that misleading way to arouse ire in people who don't read the article. Standard journalism these days, sad to say.

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Obviously, the right way to stopping their aggression would be: a. Stop the sanctions induced humanitarian crisis. b. Stop amassing more and more military power worldwide, contribute to overall prosperity and integrity through understanding, not power. c. STOP TOUCHING THE 9TH ARTICLE.

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How high is the probability that NK will have a nuclear weapon "accident" within their country or worse a "test" gone awry?

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It bears repeating. Japan has renounced war for 70 years. Can humanity support peace as a worthy goal? If it can't, then each nation has to accept autarky as the only future it will ever have.

Abe is putting the existential question before all humankind. Is idealism dead? If the answer is yes, then Japan needs to rearm and it needs to start with a few nukes. ASAP. Just to catch up.

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History indicates that no country has ever been coerced into giving up nuclear weapons or weapons program. But several countries like Libya, Iraq, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil have been convinced to do so. In other words there are things that can be done without North Korea's cooperation or make it more difficult. Strengthening barriers to getting nuclear weapons, increasing penalties for violating global norms, and increasing the incentives for giving up weapons and capabilities are three things that can be done. Sanctions are a myth and won't work. The United Nations Security Council could pass a resolution declaring any nuclear test a threat to international peace and security and or make the move to make the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty a permanent organization. But it won't help because realistically they have no power to enforce it or maybe the better question is how are they going to enforce it.

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Abe must act like the leader of an independent Japan.

Go to Pyong Yang and have direct talks with Kim Jung Un.

Offer economic and food aid to jump start a new era of peaceful and fruitful relationship.

Don't continue to be a mere echo of another country.

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Yubaru wrote Abe does not have his idea. Yubaru is right. Abe will never have Yubaru's idea. Unlike Yubaru, he was born in Japan and raised in Japan It is impossible for him to think like Yubaru.

He is trying to solve N Korea problem without adopting agitator's cIly insult on him.

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