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