Japan-China Foreign Minister Telephone Talks
May 22, 2004
- On May 22, 2004, Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi held telephone talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Zhaoxing of the People's Republic of China.
- Foreign Minister Kawaguchi provided the following summary concerning Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to North Korea.
(1) . Prime Minister Koizumi visited North Korea based on a broad perspective of peace and stability as well as achieving a breakthrough in Japan-North Korea relations. During the visit, it was confirmed that the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration formed the foundation of Japan-North Korea relations. (2) On the abduction issue, five of the eight family members of the abductees returned to Japan with Prime Minister Koizumi. Mr. Jenkins and his two daughters remained in North Korea. (3) With regard to the abductees whose whereabouts are unknown, it was decided to promptly undertake a full-scale reinvestigation. (4) Much time was devoted to discussions on the nuclear and missile issues in addition to the abduction issue. (a) Chairman Kim had stated that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was the goal and that he would make efforts toward a peaceful resolution through the Six-Party Talks. Chairman Kim further stated that a freezing would be the first step to dismantlement, and would be accompanied by verification, and that it was not that deterrence would never be relinquished. Prime Minister Koizumi stated that there was more to be gained from dismantling nuclear weapons than by keeping them, and that the opportunity of the Six-Party Talks should be utilized so as not to miss the chance. However Chairman Kim indicated his concerns over security issues. (b) With regard to the missile issue, a moratorium on the firing of missiles was reconfirmed. (5) From a humanitarian perspective, Japan decided to provide humanitarian assistance of 250,000 tons of food and US$10 million equivalent in medical equipment to North Korea, through international organizations. (6) Prime Minister Koizumi stated that so long as North Korea adhered to the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration, Japan, in view of the spirit of the Declaration, would not impose sanctions on North Korea. (7) Our hope is that the Prime Minister's visit to North Korea would provide a good impetus towards the realization of the normalization of relations between Japan and North Korea.
- In response, Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Zhaoxing of the People's Republic of China expressed his appreciation for the explanation from Foreign Minister Kawaguchi, offering a positive evaluation of the dialogue between Japan and North Korea. Foreign Minister Li stated that the realization of the normalization of relations at the soonest possible date once items of concern between the two countries have been resolved would be important not only for Japan and North Korea, but would contribute to the peace and stability of Asia. Foreign Minister Li stated that in a resolution to the nuclear issue through the Six-Party Talks, China was placing importance on cooperation with Japan and expected Japan to continue to play a positive role towards the realization of peace through dialogue. In addition, Foreign Minister Li stated that with regard to the abduction issue China was prepared to take on a constructive role in order to improve Japan-North Korea relations.
- With regard to Japan-China relations, Foreign Minister Li remarked on China's stance concerning the draft resolution on the human rights situation in China in the Session of the 60th Session of the Commission on Human Rights, the issue of the participation as a observer of Taiwan at the 57th World Health Organization (WHO), and the recent inauguration ceremony. In response, Foreign Minister Kawaguchi conveyed once again Japan's fundamental stance on these issues.
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