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Suzuki, 68, said it is “reasonable” for Japan to impose sanctions on North Korea and consider tightening them in reaction to the launch of seven missiles including a long-range Taepodong-2 on July 5.

“But Kim Jong Il’s administration has yet to starve (owing to economic assistance by China and South Korea). That explains why North Korea doesn’t show up at the six-party talks,” Suzuki said.

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