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Japan Seeks Consensus With Russia on N. Korea Missiles

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort close the gap between the two nations on the issue of North Korea's missile tests.

The two leaders had arranged to hold a one-on-one meeting Saturday on the side of the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Tokyo and Washington have offered a revised text for a U.N. Security Council resolution to warn North Korea about its missile tests. The new draft seeks to balance their demands for punitive sanctions with a milder draft resolution sponsored by Russia and China.

Japan and the United States had been seeking a vote Saturday on the revised text but it is unclear if that will take place.

The latest draft demands Pyongyang stop all activities related to its missile program. It also requires all member states to block Pyongyang from receiving or selling missile technology and goods.

The draft tones down its reference to Chapter Seven of the U.N. Charter. It can authorize mandatory sanctions or the use of force if Pyongyang violates the resolution.

The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, says a binding resolution does not have to reference the controversial Chapter Seven.

The Security Council began debating the draft resolutions after North Korea test-launched seven ballistic missiles on July 5th.