Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on October 15 published the following statement on United Nation Security Council Resolution 1718 imposing sanctions against North Korea:
“On October 14, the United Nations Security Council unanimously decided to impose economic sanctions against North Korea based on Article 41 of Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter as well as to demand that North Korea conduct no more nuclear tests, suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile launches, return to the Six-Party Talks without precondition, and abandon all nuclear weapons development and existing nuclear program.
The Japanese Communist Party, which has strongly protested against North Korea’s nuclear test and called on the international community to work together to solve the issue peacefully through diplomacy, welcomes the unanimous UNSC resolution calling for a non-military solution. The JCP demands that the North Korean government immediately accept the UNSC resolution.
The UNSC resolution limits the sanctions to non-military measures. It is important to note that the resolution calls on U.N. member states, in particular those participating in the Six-Party Talks, to swiftly carry out the commitment made in the joint statement issued on September 19 last year to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and to ‘refrain from any actions that might aggravate tensions and to facilitate the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.’
The JCP requests the Japanese government to comply with the UNSC resolution, and increase efforts to promote international cooperation in order to solve the issue by diplomatic and peaceful means.”
- Akahata, October 16, 2006