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Press Conference by Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone

Date: Friday, June 5, 2009, 9:26 a.m.
Place: In front of the Ministers' Room in the House

Main topics:

  1. UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea's Nuclear Test
  2. North Korean Successor Issue
  3. Ministerial Meeting for deciding the Mid-term Target for the Fifteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15)

1. UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea's Nuclear Test

Question:
Regarding the resolution currently being discussed at the UN Security Council in New York, China is expressing hesitation toward a strict resolution and I believe that other countries will start trying to persuade China to change its position. Why do you think China is again making the progress of this resolution so difficult?

Minister:
Issuing a strong resolution is something that each country agrees on and we are making efforts to that end. However, it is true that there are points on which there is not complete agreement. I cannot comment on which points they are; however, we are working vigorously on this. I have talked to Dr. Yang Jiechi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China over the phone and on other occasions, and I will make even more efforts in order to reach a consensus.

Question:
Please tell us which parts of China's position you are paying the most attention to.

Minister:
I cannot comment on the details of our communications. Right now we are in the final stages of discussions, so I will refrain from commenting.

Question:
Is there a high possibility that issuance of the UN Security Council Resolution will be delayed until next week?

Minister:
We have been working so that the resolution would be issued as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it has yet to be concluded. Given the current situation, it may be that the conclusion of the resolution will be delayed until next week. However, the discussions are continuing vigorously in New York as we speak, so I would like to watch over what happens over the next two days. From our side, we have repeatedly instructed the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN that it is vital that the resolution be a strong message that includes additional sanctions. Other countries are in agreement on this as well, so I hope for a swift conclusion.

Question:
It seems you had a telephone conference with Mrs. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State yesterday. Did you discuss how you would firmly approach China?

Minister:
Secretary of State Clinton was on an overseas visit, but we did have a telephone conference. Since the discussions at the Security Council are in the final stages, I conveyed my opinions to her, and Secretary of State Clinton also stated that the position of the US has not changed and that we will continue to work together. That was the gist of yesterday's telephone conference and we will work out any details as necessary. Of course, I will refrain from commenting on details of what was discussed with which country.

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2. North Korean Successor Issue

Question:
On the issue of the successor of Chairman Kim Jong-Il of North Korea, it seems that senior government officials of the ROK, China, and the US are saying that his third son, Kim Jong-un, has been named as his successor. What is Japan's analysis of this?

Minister:
There have been media reports and Japan, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is also gathering information on a daily basis. Since North Korea has not yet released an official announcement, we will continue our efforts to gather information and be prepared to respond should the situation change.

Question:
What is your opinion regarding the situation of North Korea's successor issue under the current circumstances, including the situation within North Korea regarding Chairman Kim's health issues?

Minister:
I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speculate on North Korea's intentions.

3. Ministerial Meeting for deciding the Mid-term Target for the Fifteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15)

Question:
What was discussed at the meeting of five ministers on climate change?

Minister:
Prime Minister Aso, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, the Minister of the Environment, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Minister of Finance, and I attended a meeting to discuss the international strategy on the issue of global warming. I cannot give any specific details; however, we exchanged opinions on the mid-term target for climate change. We will hold another meeting if necessary. The Chief Cabinet Secretary may give some specifics on the meeting.

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