Sunday, May 22, 2005

Senate panel eyes Japan nuke option to press China on N. Korea test

U.S. policymakers should highlight Japan's possible nuclear pursuit and other security repercussions for China in pressing Beijing to stop North Korea from testing its nuclear weapons, a Senate Republican policy panel said in a recent report. ''A test in North Korea would certainly raise the prospect of a major public debate in Japan over whether to turn its latent nuclear capabilities in its civilian and space sectors into an overt nuclear weapons program,'' the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee said in the report distributed to senators this week. While also pointing out various other ''far-reaching'' effects on the security and political dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, the panel said, ''It's not too late to avert a North Korean nuclear test. However, the key to preventing a nuclear test lies primarily on China.''


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