NHK reported this afternoon on remarks made by Foreign Minister Kono at the Upper House Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee today concerning the recent summit between China and the DPRK. Kono reportedly said: “North Korea’s intention toward denuclearization has not been announced externally. Considering the fact that activities were confirmed at one of its nuclear facilities even after [North Korea reportedly expressed willingness toward] denuclearization, we still need to form a clear view [of North Korea’s intention.]” The network added that Kono stressed the need to continue the pressure campaign against the North until it takes concrete action toward denuclearization.
When asked about the possibility of holding a Japan-DPRK summit or the Six-Party Talks, Kono reportedly expressed the view that the GOJ will closely monitor developments in the inter-Korean and U.S.-DPRK summits and determine the best means to resolve the nuclear, missile, and abduction issues. When asked at what stage the government was informed of about the China-DPRK summit, Kono reportedly said: “Japan, the United States, and South Korea share various kinds of information, and we do not announce when or how we were informed.”