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Japan parliament condemns North Korea nuclear test

Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Yasuo Sekita points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo on implications that an earthquake sourced around North Korea was triggered by an unnatural reason May 25, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s lower house adopted a resolution on Tuesday condemning North Korea’s latest nuclear test.

Ruling party lawmakers are also meeting on Tuesday to discuss new sanctions that could be imposed on North Korea, media reported.

“The government should take stern measures against North Korea, such as by tightening sanctions, as well as doubling its diplomatic efforts and winning the understanding and cooperation of the international community to solve issues of concern with North Korea,” lawmaker Kenji Kosaka said during a session.

Ties remain rocky between Japan, the only country to have suffered nuclear bombings, and nearby North Korea for reasons such as Japan’s occupation of the Korean peninsula in 1910-1945 and Pyongyang’s abduction of Japanese citizens.

In April, Japan extended economic sanctions on the North by a year, including a ban on imports, after the reclusive state fired what was widely seen as a long-range missile, but Pyongyang said was a satellite launch.