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February 13, 2003

WHAT WILL FRANCE AND GERMANY SAY?

Japan has warned it would launch a pre-emptive military action against North Korea if it had firm evidence Pyongyang was planning a missile attack.

Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba said it would be "a self-defence measure" if North Korea was going to "resort to arms against Japan".

Mr Ishiba said it would be too late if a North Korean missile was already on its way.

Where are the condemnations of "unilateralism" and "preemption"?

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