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Press Conference by Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone

Date: Friday, September 4, 2009, 10:57 a.m.
Place: Briefing Room, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Main topic:

  1. The North Korean Issues (Letter to the UN Security Council from the North Korean Permanent Representative to the UN)

1. The North Korean Issues (Letter to the UN Security Council from the North Korean Permanent Representative to the UN)

Question:
North Korea sent a letter to the president of the UN Security Council in reaction to sanctions by the Council. While the letter states that North Korea is prepared for both dialogue and sanctions, it also announces that North Korea's experiments for uranium enrichment have been successful. First, please give us your opinion on this letter, and also tell us if the Government will take any kind of action.

Minister:
I am aware that the Korean Central News Agency announced that the North Korean Permanent Representative to the UN has sent a letter to the US Permanent Representative to the UN, who holds the presidency of UN Security Council, stating that North Korea will not be bound by UN Security Council Resolution 1874 and that it is in the final stages of reprocessing nuclear fuel rods and uranium enrichment. The unified position of the international community, which includes Japan, is that it is unacceptable for North Korea to possess nuclear weapons. We will once again urge North Korea to refrain from making statements and taking actions that increase tension in the international community, to comply with relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and to act constructively toward the complete implementation of the Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks.

Question:
What do you think of the reason behind North Korea making this move?

Minister:
It is not appropriate for us to speculate on North Korea's thoughts. However, there have been many developments, such as former President Clinton's visit and the South Korean businessperson's visit to North Korea. The international community is united in urging North Korea to comply with and implement the UN Security Council resolutions. From our perspective, we believe that it is important for various concerns - such as North Korea's nuclear issue, the abduction issue, and the issue of missile launches - to be resolved peacefully and comprehensively through dialogue among countries concerned, such as through the Six-Party Talks. We will continue to be in close communication with the US, the ROK, China, and other countries concerned and act in strong cooperation with each country.

Question:
Currently, the Government is at the stage of transferring political power. To what extent will you provide information to the Democratic Party of Japan on the letter from North Korea? Are you prepared to give explanations to the DPJ on information that you have obtained independently, or on so-called classified information obtained through diplomatic channels?

Minister:
As I stated in the beginning, this is an announcement made by the KCNA. We have not actually seen the letter that North Korea sent to the UN Security Council President. We are aware of the situation through the media, so I do not believe that there will be any explanation to be made to the DPJ from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the present Cabinet at this stage.

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