Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Resolution concerning North Korea at the January Meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors

January 6, 2003

  1. The Government of Japan attaches great importance to the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors adopted by consensus the resolution concerning the "Implementation of the Safeguards Agreement with North Korea" on January 6 (local time) in Vienna, and that the Board was able to issue a clear and unified message to North Korea, expressing the international community's grave concern over North Korea.

  2. The purposes of the resolution are: to express IAEA's deplorement in the strongest terms over North Korea's unilateral acts such as lifting the freeze of nuclear facilities by removing and impeding the functioning of containment and surveillance equipment, and the expulsion of IAEA inspectors, which have rendered the IAEA's verification activities, pursuant to its safeguards agreement with the DPRK, impossible; to state that such acts of North Korea are of great non-proliferation concern; and to call on North Korea to cooperate urgently and fully with the IAEA by, for example, re-establishing the required containment and surveillance measures, allowing the IAEA to implement fully and at all times, all the required safeguard measures including the return of the IAEA inspectors, and immediately meeting with IAEA officials. Japan strongly hopes that North Korea will take this resolution seriously, together with the one that was adopted by consensus on November 29 last year, stop immediately every action which North Korea has taken to lift the freeze of the nuclear facilities, restore the seals and others, immediately resume talks with the IAEA and quickly take concrete action to abolish in a verifiable manner its plans for nuclear development.

  3. As a member of the Board of Governors of the IAEA, Japan intends to strive for the peaceful solution of the issue while consulting closely with the countries concerned, including the United States and the Republic of Korea, in cooperation with other interested countries, such as China and Russia, and with the IAEA.

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