18 April 2017

News Story: Abe emphasizes need to use diplomacy in response to N. Korean provocation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed the need to keep the peace through diplomatic efforts following North Korea's military parade and ballistic missile test on April 15 and 16, respectively.

Responding to questions during a meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Audit and Oversight of Administration on April 17, Abe said, "North Korea is flaunting its military strength. However, it is important that we maintain peace through diplomatic efforts."

Abe also stated, "It is necessary to put pressure on North Korea to engage in diplomatic talks. I praise (U.S. President Donald Trump) for taking the 'all options on the table' idea in dealing with the situation," reiterating his own aim of applying the brakes on North Korea.

In addition, commenting on the possibility of North Korean refugees entering Japan in the event of an emergency on the Korean Peninsula, Abe said, "I expect that a number of measures would be adopted, such as screening people in order to assess who should be granted asylum, establishing refugee camps, and protecting people following their arrival in Japan."

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