Press Conference by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:52 a.m.   Prime Minister’s Office

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Situation in North Korea

Kikuchi, NTV: Will you tell us what reports you have received so far from Special Advisor to the Cabinet Isao Iijima on his visit to North Korea?

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida: With regard to Japan’s policy on relations with North Korea, we will continue to comply with the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration for the comprehensive resolution of issues of concern including the nuclear, missile and abductions issues. Because there will be no normalization of diplomatic relations without the resolution of the abductions issue, we will address the situation based on our policy of dialogue and pressure. This basic policy remains unchanged.

On top of that, although I will refrain from commenting on particular matters, in any case we are determined to firmly demand the safety of the abducted Japanese citizens and their immediate return, and the extradition of the perpetrators.

Kikuchi, Nippon Television: Is it correct to understand that Special Advisor to the Cabinet Iijima is requesting North Korea for progress on the abductions issues?

Minister Kishida: I will refrain from commenting on this issue.

Kikuchi, Nippon Television: There have been voices of criticism including those from South Korea on this visit. What explanations have been given to South Korea and the U.S.?

Minister Kishida: On the issue of North Korea, I recognize that collaboration among relevant countries, namely Japan, U.S. and ROK is of great importance. I believe we must continue our efforts for steady communication.

While focusing on collaborations with the U.S. and the ROK, we will also seek cooperation with other relevant countries such as China and also Russia.