Press Conference by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
Friday, March 8, 2013, 8:43 a.m.   In the Diet

Main topics:

  1. Opening Remarks
    • (1) Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the nuclear tests conducted by North Korea
  2. Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the nuclear tests conducted by North Korea

1. Opening Remarks

(1) Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the nuclear tests conducted by North Korea

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida: In response to the nuclear test conducted by North Korea in February, Japan highly appreciates that the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the country’s actions and decided on measures to add and strengthen sanctions against North Korea.

Japan strongly urges North Korea to sincerely heed the strong warning and condemnation repeatedly expressed by the international community, comply faithfully and fully with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and never again engage in provocative actions such as further nuclear tests and missile launches. Japan is resolved to continue to make active efforts, in close coordination with the international community, for the comprehensive resolution of outstanding issues of concern regarding North Korea, including abductions, nuclear, and missile issues.

2. Adoption of a UN Security Council Resolution on the nuclear tests conducted by North Korea

Nishikawa, TBS: Will you explain the status of consideration of Japan’s unilateral sanctions against North Korea?

Minister Kishida: We have already announced our new sanctions on February 12 but with regard to hereafter, as is stated in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Statement of February 12, it is our policy to consider by closely observing further moves by the international community and the moves by North Korea itself.

Nishikawa, TBS: According to statements by North Korea, they are showing extremely strong antagonisms, giving an impression that their resentment is getting stronger by the day. What measures do you believe Japan must take to ensure the effectiveness of the UN resolution?

Minister Kishida: Firstly, by closely coordinating with relevant countries including the U.S., the Republic of Korea, China and Russia, we will strongly urge North Korea not to take any further provocative actions. I believe it is important to work for North Korea’s self-restraint on further provocative actions through these collaborations with the international community. In any case, any references by North Korea to further provocative actions are completely unacceptable and thus we must strongly urge their self-restraint.