Viewing cable 06TOKYO4804
Title: GOJ WELCOMES U.S. VIEWS ON UNSC RESOLUTION 1695

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SUBJECT: GOJ WELCOMES U.S. VIEWS ON UNSC RESOLUTION 1695 
 
REF: STATE 136495 
 
Classified By: A/DCM W. Michael Meserve. Reasons: 1.4(B/D) 
 
 ¶1.  (C)  The GOJ "truly welcomes this U.S. initiative," MOFA 
Asian and Oceanian Affairs Acting Director General Kunio 
Umeda said in response to reftel points conveyed by A/DCM 
Meserve on August 21.  Japan was exemplary, A/DCM observed, 
in having already instituted strict controls and vigilance on 
both financial transactions and movement of goods to North 
Korea.  Umeda said that thorough implementation of UNSCR 1695 
was very important for maintaining the UN's credibility; and 
not to do so would send the wrong message to Pyongyang.  He 
informed us that Japan had done its own soundings on 
implementing UNSCR 1695 and concluded that all developed 
countries had in place strict export control measures, 
including catch-all provisions, to prevent transfers of goods 
to DPRK WMD programs. 
 
¶2.  (C)  In regard to financial measures, Umeda said, 
European countries were studying the matter, but with the 
exception of the UK, there appeared to be little enthusiasm 
to adopt new and stricter practices.  Umeda noted that Japan 
also had consulted with the ROK on this matter, but the ROK 
response, "without explanation" he observed, was that the ROK 
had already taken steps in line with UNSCR 1695 and that 
further action was unnecessary.  Umeda continued that the 
U.S. was the only country so far to institute new financial 
measures, but Japan was now considering when to introduce 
similar measures.  To do so would require cabinet approval, 
and in order to speed that process, MOFA would soon direct 
its embassy to ask the Treasury Department for further 
details on the 12 North Korean organizations and one 
individual designated by Treasury. 
 
¶3.  (C)  Turning to international transit, Umeda singled out 
strict vigilance on transit and overflight of aircraft to and 
from North Korea as a particularly important point, citing 
China and Russia specifically in this regard. 
 
 
¶4.  (C)  Umeda also mentioned that DG Sasae had spoken with 
A/S Hill last week about the need to take additional 
sanctions measures against the DPRK in the near term, 
emphasizing the importance of the U.S. and Japan working in a 
coordinated manner.  Japan, Umeda observed, had already taken 
nine actions, and the U.S. had adopted its own measures.  It 
was important now for others to follow suit, and in that 
respect Umeda reiterated, the U.S. initiative was 
particularly welcome. 
DONOVAN