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Senior lawmakers in the ruling coalition agreed Wednesday to adopt a Diet resolution to urge North Korea not to go ahead with its plan for a rocket launch, which is believed to be a cover for a ballistic missile test.

At a news conference after the lawmakers met, New Komeito Secretary General Kazuo Kitagawa indicated he expects both chambers to adopt the resolution by the end of the week.

The resolution will refer to additional economic sanctions on North Korea and other responses Japan will take in the event of a launch, according to the lawmakers.

Liberal Democratic Party Diet affairs chief Tadamori Oshima said the resolution is needed “not only for the security of Japan but also for that of the world.”

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