04:47 3 March 2016
Japan lauds U.N. sanctions resolution against North Korea
TOKYO, March 3, Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday acclaimed the U.N. Security Council's adoption of a new, stronger sanctions regime against North Korea and demanded Pyongyang not engage in further provocations.
"We rate highly the unanimous adoption of Security Council resolution 2270 drastically augmenting and strengthening sanctions in response to North Korea's nuclear test in January and ballistic missile launch in February," Abe said in a statement.
The Japanese government "strongly demands" North Korea not undertake further provocations such as nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, the statement said.
Japan will do its utmost for the comprehensive resolution of various issues concerning North Korea such as its abductions of Japanese nationals as well as its nuclear and missile programs based on the principles of "dialogue and pressure" and "action for action," Abe said.
North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test just days after Japan joined the Security Council as a nonpermanent member on Jan. 1. Pyongyang later launched a rocket, which the council says is in violation of past resolutions banning the use of long-range ballistic missile technology.
In the statement, Abe noted Tokyo's engagement in the U.N. process, saying, "The Japanese government, as a nonpermanent member of the U.N. Security Council, has closely collaborated with the United States, South Korea and other relevant countries and contributed to efforts at realizing the adoption of the resolution."
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida also issued a statement welcoming the adoption of the resolution, saying it "shows the international community's unified and steadfast stance against North Korea."