Statement by Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of a Resolution by the United Nations Security Council concerning the Nuclear Test and the Ballistic Missile Launch conducted by North Korea

March 3, 2016

  1. 1. Japan highly appreciates that the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2270 on March 3. As a Security Council member, Japan has been working closely with concerned countries at every level towards the adoption of a decisive and strong resolution. We welcome that by the adoption of this resolution, along with the independent measures taken by Japan and other countries, the international community has demonstrated a strong stance against North Korea.

    2. Resolution 2270 determines North Korea’s January 6 nuclear test and February 7 ballistic missile launch to be violations of past Security Council resolutions and, in addition to strongly condemning them, encompasses strong and comprehensive content including the increase and strengthening of measures related to trade, finance, the movement of people, aviation and maritime traffic. To ensure the effectiveness of this resolution, Japan will take appropriate measures in close cooperation with other UN Member States.

    3. Japan once again strongly urges North Korea to sincerely heed the strong warnings and condemnation repeatedly expressed by the international community and to comply faithfully and fully with Resolution 2270 and the series of relevant resolutions, without taking further provocative actions such as nuclear tests and launches, and that it take positive actions toward denuclearization.

    4. Japan is resolved to continue to make active efforts, under the consistent policy of “dialogue and pressure” and “action for action” and in close coordination with the international community, including the United States and the Republic of Korea, for the comprehensive resolution of outstanding issues of concern regarding North Korea, including abductions, nuclear and missile issues. As to the abduction issues, Japan intends to maintain dialogue for resolving the issue, and to make its utmost efforts to realize the return of all abductees at the earliest possible date.