Japan on Sunday hailed the U.N. Security Council's adoption Saturday of a resolution that condemns North Korea's recent missile tests, urging Pyongyang to halt activities related to its ballistic missile program and to reaffirm its missile moratorium
Foreign Minister Aso stressed that the resolution, even without a reference to Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, still remains binding.
A key sticking point in the debate on the resolution was whether it would refer to Chapter 7, which would have paved the way for economic sanctions or military action against Pyongyang over the missile launches.
Commenting on why Japan backed down from its hard-line stance, Senior Vice Foreign Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said on a TV Asahi program Sunday morning that there were concerns that referring to Chapter 7 could lead to future military action on North Korea(Kyodo)Sunday July 16
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"We totally reject the resolution," Pak said immediately after the vote by the 15-member Security Council, adding that the North Korean army would continue missile launch exercises in the future as part of its efforts to bolster its military deterrent.
He also warned that North Korea would have no option but to "take stronger physical actions" should any other country "dare take issue" with the exercises.
Pak's remarks drew a wry response from the US Ambassador John Bolton.
"This has been a historic day," Bolton said. "Not only have we unanimously adopted resolution 1695, but North Korea has set a world record in rejecting it 45 minutes after his adoption."Sun Jul 16, 4:57 AM ET
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`I could hardly understand why the North went ahead with the missile tests,'' he was quoted as telling the party leaders. ``But more worrisome is some Japanese leaders' remarks about a pre-emptive attack
Calling the North's behavior ``irrational,'' Roh also called the Japanese reaction ``pigheaded,'' according to the participants. But his comment on the U.S. was later made public: he described it as ``hard to persuade.''
``(America, or Bush) sees the North Korean problems within the concept of good and evil, which makes it even harder for me to persuade,'' he quoted Roh as saying. ``We can't blame the U.S. since it is our ally. But we can't tolerate the Japanese move.''07-16-2006Kore times