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Updated On: Saturday, 21 July 2018
Development Issues

Japan Press Briefing

Content by: South-South News

18 December 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The Foreign Minister of Japan, Taro Kono, told reporters today (15 Dec) in New York that Japan “will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea,” adding that “nuclear missile development in flagrant violation of Security Council resolutions will never be tolerated.”

Speaking to journalists after presiding a Security Council ministerial level Security Council debate on the situation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK,) Kono said it was “important not only for the Security Council, but also for the entire international community to maximise its pressure on North Korea, and to corner North Korea to change its policy.”

Turning to Security Council reform, the Foreign Minister said, “the Security Council will need to be reformed and to enhance its legitimacy, effectiveness, and representation.”

He said, “the reform of the Security Council is an urgent task necessary for the Council to more effectively address threats to international peace and security, not only from the viewpoint of Japan’s aspirations to join the other permanent members.”

Japan’s two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the Council ends on 31 December. Kono announced that Japan will be a candidate again for a non-permanent seat in 2022.

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