(1) East Asia
Minister Kishida led the discussion on East Asia. In particular, he explained that the continuation of North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programs poses a serious threat to the international community overall, along with addressing that the abductions issue is a universal issue for the international community, as a violation of fundamental human rights.
The G7 strongly condemned the continuation of North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programs and reiterated their grave concerns over shared the view that human rights violations, including the abductions issue.
The G7 welcomed the ‘‘key parameters on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’’ that was reached at the end of March, and shared the view that they will support efforts for a final agreement. Additionally, they confirmed that they will seek to ensure that Iran takes responsible action in the areas of regional stability and human rights.
Minister Kishida stated that reaching a final agreement on the nuclear issue is important, and stressed that Japan has been making an effort thus far and will continue making every possible effort going forward.
(3) Syria, Iraq, and ISIL
The G7 shared the view that they strongly condemn the indiscriminate attacks, atrocities, murders and human rights violations being carried out by ISIL.
Minister Kishida emphasized that countries should coordinate with contributions that leverage their strengths, and undertake multilateral, long-term initiatives.
(4) Ukraine and Russia situation
The G7 shared recognition regarding the importance of implementing the Minsk Agreement, and that the conflict will only be resolved as a result of a diplomatic resolution that respects international law and Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. They also shared the view that they will encourage Ukraine’s domestic reform.
Minister Kishida pointed out that the steady implementation of the Minsk Agreement is important, and that Japan will strive to improve the situation while attaching importance to the solidarity of the G7.