The Straits Times, January 31, 2005
TOKYO - JAPAN may announce economic sanctions against North Korea next month if the communist state refuses to come clean over its abductions of Japanese during the Cold War era, a political leader said yesterday. 'We are entering the stage of economic sanctions,' Mr Shinzo Abe, acting secretary general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said on a television news show.
'As one option, I think we can announce sanctions within February and, for example, wait for one month,' he said on the TV Asahi network. 'If they fail to respond, we will have no choice but to gradually raise them to a considerable level.'----------