Japan vowed Monday to push ahead with a U.N. Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions on North Korea because of its missile tests last week, but said it would not insist on a Monday vote.
“I don’t think we have to push too much for a vote” on Monday, Junichiro Koizumi told reporters, but said Tokyo would still push for a vote “as soon as possible.”
“I think we must send a message that’s as clear as possible” to North Korea, he added.
Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said a U.N. resolution would show North Korea that the international community was united against the communist nation’s missile tests.
“It is important for the international community to express a strong will,” Abe said.
The officials’ comments came as Japanese media reported that China may use its veto on the U.N. Security Council to block Japan’s proposal for sanctions. Kyodo News agency reported from New York, citing unnamed Chinese diplomatic sources, that China may veto the resolution at the vote, expected later Monday.