April 5,1999---Trent Lott, Denny Hastert

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Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation
B16F, No.3 Ta-Tun 2St.
Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
April 5, 1999.

Dear Mr. Trent Lott,
   Mr. Denny Hastert,

Japan and the United States see eye to eye on all issues related to North Korea and its missile capabilities, said the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for nonproliferation. He reiterated his evaluation of recent meeting with Japan as "substantive", candid, and detailed.

This week's missile talks were the second since last August, when North Korea shocked Tokyo by launching a three-stage rocket over Japan. Japan has been so unnerved by North Korea's missile launch last August that defense officials have started talking about a "pre-emptive strike" option and a more aggressive role for the military under the country's pacifist constitution. Nevertheless, mainland China, alarmed about these developments, has warned of a regional arms race and friction have increased between Washington and Beijing over the TMD.

However, North Korea has reportedly demanded US$ 1 billion for the next three years just to stop missile exports and has refused to even consider halting its indigenous missile development program.

In our views, United States only acted as to give to the poor country, those who handling big weapons. On the other hand, U.S. diplomatic policy needs reconsideration.

Yours Sincerely,
Yang Hsu-Tung.
Taiwan Tati Cultural
And Educational Foundation



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