ミサイル発射 北朝鮮包囲網を強化せよ

The Yomiuri Shimbun(Jul. 5, 2009)
Stronger intl coalition needed against DPRK
ミサイル発射 北朝鮮包囲網を強化せよ(7月5日付・読売社説)

North Korea's firing of missiles toward the Sea of Japan was a provocative act in that the country ignored warnings from the international community and threatened peace and stability in Northeast Asia. We cannot overlook it.

Seven ballistic missiles fired Saturday are believed to be short-range Scud types with a range of 400 to 500 kilometers.

Pyongyang apparently intended to demonstrate its confrontational stance against Washington on the occasion of the July 4 Independence Day in the United States. It is possible that North Korea will fire more ballistic missiles to increase tension in the region.

North Korea has fired a total of 10 surface-to-ship short-range missiles on several occasions since it conducted a nuclear test in May.

The missiles fired this time have longer ranges. The firing of such missiles clearly goes against U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874, adopted on June 12. The resolution calls on North Korea to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program.

It was a matter of course for Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura to issue a statement expressing strong condemnation of North Korea immediately after the missiles were fired.


G-8 should warn Pyongyang

A Group of Eight summit meeting in L'Aquila, Italy, is scheduled to start Wednesday. It is important that G-8 leaders send a clear message that they will not tolerate North Korea's nuclear and missile development.

Prime Minister Taro Aso also needs to strengthen an international coalition against North Korea through individual meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao and others.

For the time being, the nation's focus should be to implement sanctions against North Korea based on Resolution 1874. The sanctions ban weapons exports by the North, authorize inspections of cargo transported to and from North Korea and impose financial sanctions on Pyongyang.

Weapons exports, which include ballistic missiles and related technology, are an important source of foreign currency for North Korea.

A U.S. Navy ship recently tracked a North Korean cargo ship suspected of carrying weapons, and the North Korean ship was forced to reverse course. With this kind of action, the freeze on North Korea-related financial assets and other measures, it is important to effectively put pressure on North Korea.


Japan's technology misused

The government plans to soon submit to the Diet a bill to enable the Japan Coast Guard to inspect cargo carried by vessels sailing to and from North Korea. The bill should be enacted as soon as possible so Japan can play its part in strengthening the international coalition against North Korea.

Late last month, police arrested the president of a North Korea-linked trading company for alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Law in connection with an attempt to illegally export to Myanmar a magnetic measuring device believed necessary for developing long-range ballistic missile systems.

It is likely that Japan's technology has been used in North Korea's missile development to a significant degree. Concerned authorities should crack down on illegal technology transfers even more strictly.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, July 5, 2009)
(2009年7月5日01時55分 読売新聞)

by kiyoshimat | 2009-07-05 08:43 | 英字新聞

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