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Japan walks tightrope with North Korea

April 12, 2014

J. Berkshire Miller

J. Berkshire Miller

J. Berkshire Miller is a fellow with the Pacific Forum CSIS and chair of the Japan-Korea working group at the Pacific Forum. He is a regular contributor to several academic journals, magazines and newspapers on Asia-Pacific security issues and is a regular contributor at the Economist, Forbes and Newsweek Japan. He can be reached at or follow him on twitter: @jbmllr

With the framework effectively dead, the Abe government has taken a more aggressive two-track approach to North Korea. On the one hand, Abe remains hawkish on Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs--a position which aligns him very closely with Washington and remains the only high-level area of security cooperation with Seoul. On the other hand, Abe has determined that it is okay to break ranks with the United States and South Korea, as long as that path is narrowly focused on the abduction issue.

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