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Abe calls for enforcement of sanctions against N Korea in New York Times editorial

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And just who will do the enforcing?

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Unless sanctions are imposed against all those who are supporting North Korea , enforcement of sanctions against North Korea will not be possible. It will keep on firing missiles over Japan towards Guam .

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Love how Abe hates the UN one minute, and begs them to protect Japan the next. It reminds me of when one prefecture has a disaster, either fiscal or nuclear power plant related, and asks the rest to share the pain so that they can suffer less.

Japan, with Abe at the helm, could have led the way to a more peaceful resolution than this crisis is facing, but the nation has chosen leaders that deny both path and present treatment of and dealings with the region as a whole, and chose to cry the victim and be an aggressor instead. What have all the sanctions that Japan has threatened, piled upon, and threatened and piled upon and enforced more gotten? NOTHING. And he knows it, so now he wants Japan to be less isolated as a threat, and for the world to protect the Japan.

Sanctions haven't worked, nor have threats of sanctions on those helping NK. Nor will any actual sanctions. They have already started setting up the two sides in what's to come. Maybe the time has indeed passed for all parties to sit at the table, but that is because the people that could have led the discussion refused to to begin with, and scuttled all talks with unrelated issues and power-plays.

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It's going to be interesting when Trump makes his own speach at the UN.

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Maybe the time has indeed passed for all parties to sit at the table, but that is because the people that could have led the discussion refused to to begin with, and scuttled all talks with unrelated issues and power-plays.

Or you know, maybe because North Korea has immediately broken past agreements every single time and so there's no sense in negotiating with a party clearly and blatantly acting in bad faith. But sure, somehow if you warp the situation enough you can somehow portray the country that has its citizens kidnapped, missiles flown over its heard, and threatened with nuclear weapons as the aggressor.

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Abe should go to Pyongyang and talk directly with Kim Jung Un and win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Shinzo should stop being a victim of Stockholm Syndrome and start a Japan First Policy.

Letting Japan fight America's war in North Korea will only make Tokyo, Hokkaido and Okinawa Hiroshima part 2.

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IllyasToday  12:02 am JST

Maybe the time has indeed passed for all parties to sit at the table, but that is because the people that could have led the discussion refused to to begin with, and scuttled all talks with unrelated issues and power-plays.

Or you know, maybe because North Korea has immediately broken past agreements every single time and so there's no sense in negotiating with a party clearly and blatantly acting in bad faith. But sure, somehow if you warp the situation enough you can somehow portray the country that has its citizens kidnapped, missiles flown over its heard, and threatened with nuclear weapons as the aggressor.

There are some posters whose sole raison d'etre here is to badmouth Japan under any circumstances defying all reality and rational logic. As you correctly point out those who advocate "discussions" are in denial of the fact that efforts to negotiate and reach "deals" with NK have all ended up with NK breaking their word. Not to mention that the cessation of NK's nuclear and missile advancement, which is the goal of the US-JPN-SK alliance as well as the rest of the world has been declared "NON NEGOTIABLE" by NK. So just exactly what we are suppose to "discuss" is a mystery.

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Or you know, maybe because North Korea has immediately broken past agreements every single time and so there's no sense in negotiating with a party clearly and blatantly acting in bad faith. But sure, somehow if you warp the situation enough you can somehow portray the country that has its citizens kidnapped, missiles flown over its heard, and threatened with nuclear weapons as the aggressor.

Excellent point but such an argument will fall on deaf ears since they are not interested in common sense or reality but that they are in perpetual denial that Japan can do anything good.

Sanctions are appropriate steps to persuade North Korea to terminate their "pet project" but the reality is that they will never back down. With China still trading with the North, sanctions will not do the intended harm imposed by Japan or the US. What will waken up China really quick is for Japan to SCRAP its pacifist Constitution by indicated such action as a DIRECT CAUSE of North Korean provocation and China will definitely take a more conservative approach to backing its supposed ally.

A complete Japanese military with offensive capabilities not hindered by Article 9 because of fat boy's toys will definitely irk the Chinese government really quickly. Japan can threaten to do this as a last resort if the sanctions will not keep preventing China from taking a more proactive steps to keep North Korea in check.

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It's interesting to see Japan trying to take the initiative in resolving the North Korea issue when it should be the UN. The Korean Armistice Agreement was signed by the U.S. representing UN and North Korea. If there's going to be a solution to the North Korean problem, the UN has to be directly involved, but as usual, the impotent UN relies on its minions, U.S. and Japan while keeping a fearful watch on China and Russia.

Abe should go to Pyongyang and talk directly with Kim Jung Un and win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Abe has no authority to end the Armistice and negotiate a "final peace settlement". It has be the UN and U.S. to negotiate with North Korea.

Kim has declared their nuclear and missile capabilities are NON-NEGOTIABLE, and that the ONLY SOLUTION to a "peace settlement" they can agree to is: withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Korean Pensinula, surrender South Korea to a unified Korea under DPRK regime, and recognition of DPRK as the legitimate government of Unified Korea.

Abe does seems to be jockeying into position to act as a go-between and broker the peace agreement and therefore win the Nobel Peace Prize.

But hope Abe doesn't convince the UN and U.S. to appease to NK's demands to get "peace" at any and all cost.

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HalwickToday 08:05 am JST But hope Abe doesn't convince the UN and U.S. to appease to NK's demands to get "peace" at any and all cost.

This is where I hope that all those who love to label Abe as a "Hawk" are right.

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