Powell and Japan Ask North Korea to Resume Talks

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell joined with Japanese leaders today to appeal again to North Korea to resume the stalled negotiations over the future of its nuclear program, and not to see a set of upcoming naval exercises as provocative or an excuse for further delay.Addressing another sensitive matter on his stop in Tokyo, Mr. Powell also said the United States and Japan would intensify discussions in coming months on a possible reduction of American forces in Japan, particularly Okinawa, in tandem with a similar reduction that is being implemented in South Korea. The subjects of troop strength in East Asia and how to deal with the threat of North Korea were among several matters taken up by the secretary in his first trip to Japan in a year and a half. He also met today with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.Full Story

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