Press Conference by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 8:22 a.m.   Entrance Hall, Prime Minister's Office

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Situation in North Korea

Ohtani, NHK: Special Adviser to the Cabinet Isao Iijima has returned to Japan. With regard to this visit, what responses will the Ministry of Foreign Affairs take on North Korea moving forward, and in what form will those responses be?

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida: Regarding our basic measures, based on our continued policy of dialogue and pressure, we will comply with the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration in an effort to earn a comprehensive resolution of issues of concern including the abductions, nuclear and missile issues. This basic policy remains unchanged. Under this basic policy, by pursuing coordination with relevant countries, we hope to carry on our efforts for the resolution of the issues. In short, the basic policy remains as it is.

Ohtani, NHK: Have you received any reports from Special Adviser Iijima directly or indirectly on his meetings?

Minister Kishida: I have been briefed accordingly.

Ohtani, NHK: At the same time, the U.S., the Republic of Korea and other nations are voicing concern that Japan may be placing more emphasis on the policy of dialogue with North Korea. How do you intend to address that concern?

Minister Kishida: As I just stated, Japan's basic policy is dialogue and pressure; that is our policy. This remains unchanged, and I hope to continue our collaboration with other countries through steady communication. I'll explain our unchanged policy with clarity.