(* This is a provisional translation by an external company for reference purpose only. The original text is in Japanese.)
Press Conference by Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone
Date: Friday, June 12, 2009, 9:24 a.m.
Place: In front of the Ministers' Room in the House
- The Legislation in Response to the UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea's Nuclear Test
- Indication of a Third Nuclear Test
Regarding the issue of the legislation in response to the issuance of a UN Security Council resolution on North Korea, you stated at a Diet committee yesterday that you will communicate with the relevant ministries and take the necessary action. Does this mean that you aim to draft new legislation and have it passed during the current Diet session?
Currently, the Security Council is in the final stages of deliberation and I believe that at midnight tonight, Japan time, a meeting will be convened, a discussion will be held, and a resolution will be adopted. From our side, once the resolution is adopted, we will carefully examine the content of the sanctions and the Government will consider what measures are necessary. Since the resolution has not been adopted yet, I cannot say in concrete terms what we will do, but we will take firm action where necessary.
And these measures will be taken swiftly?
There have been media reports saying that there is some indication that North Korea is preparing for a third nuclear test in response to the UN Security Council resolution. Please tell us what has been confirmed so far.
We are steadily gathering information on a daily basis. I cannot comment on the details, but I am of course aware of the media reports, and I believe that we must call upon North Korea in order to make sure such a thing does not happen.
If North Korea goes ahead with a third nuclear test, how do you think Japan should respond to it?
I cannot respond to a hypothetical question. Whatever manner this may take place in or whatever the timing of this may be - of course I hope such a thing will not happen, but if such an incident were to take place, I think that we would have to firmly take the necessary measures. I think that we would especially keep in close communication with the other countries concerned.
Please tell us exactly what kind of measures you mean when you said necessary measures just now.
First, the Security Council resolution will be issued. The measures are related to this among other developments. We cannot respond to a hypothetical scenario, but if such an incident should come to be, we would of course have to think about how Japan should respond, taking the situation at that time into account.
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