(* 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

Main topics:

  • Announcement of North Korean Nuclear Test

Announcement of North Korean Nuclear Test

Question:
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?

Minister:
This is not something that has just come up. They have been saying this since a long time ago.

Question:
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?

Minister:
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.

Question:
A month remains before the next international meeting. How is Japan thinking of dealing with North Korea during this period?

Minister:
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.

Question:
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.

Minister:
There have been many reports of that kind recently, but the media should really first research them a little more thoroughly.

Related Information (North Korean Nuclear Issue)


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