(* This is a provisional translation by "WIP ジャパン" for reference purpose only. The original text is in Japanese.)
Press Conference by Foreign Minister Taro Aso
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 9.15a.m.
Place: in front of the Ministers' Room in the House
- Announcement of North Korean Nuclear Test
Announcement of North Korean Nuclear Test
According to certain reports, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il has indicated that North Korea may return to the Six-Party Talks on the condition that the United States guarantees that it will lift its financial sanctions. Does the Japanese government accept this as factual?
This is not something that has just come up. They have been saying this since a long time ago.
The government is pressing for an unconditional return to the Six-Party Talks. What is your view of North Korea's insistence on a guarantee that financial sanctions first be lifted?
That is a condition and, being different in meaning from 'unconditional', is not something we will consider. The Six-Party Talks and the financial sanctions are completely different matters. The financial sanctions are measures based on domestic legislation and therefore have nothing to do with the Six-Party Talks.
A month remains before the next international meeting. How is Japan thinking of dealing with North Korea during this period?
In addition to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, and Japan has firmly decided on a prohibition against entry into Japan and against the entry of shipping into Japan; therefore, we will firmly execute these decisions.
There are reports on possibility of a meeting taking place at the foreign minister or senior official level amongst the five nations besides North Korea.
There have been many reports of that kind recently, but the media should really first research them a little more thoroughly.
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