Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone continued Tuesday to push for a forceful response to North Korea’s launch of what it purports was a satellite, though the likelihood of a fresh U.N. resolution condemning the action is fading in the face of opposition from China and Russia.

“The U.N. Security Council needs to send a strong message,” Nakasone said during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, but he added that the outcome of the ongoing talks is still undetermined.

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