Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on May 25 published the following statement in protest against North Korea’s nuclear test that was announced through its KCNA news agency:
North Korea conducted a nuclear test on May 25 in disregard of world opinion. It is a flagrant violation of both United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718 of October 14, 2006, demanding that “the DPRK not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile,” and the joint statement adopted at the Six Party Talks on September 19, 2005, stating that the DPRK “committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs.” It is unacceptable that North Korea unilaterally broke its promise to the world because of its disagreement with the April statement of the UNSC president condemning North Korea’s rocket launch.
In the present-day world, new moves are arising toward abolishing nuclear weapons. The nuclear test that has just been conducted is in open defiance of such efforts and goes against the goal to achieve peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
The Japanese Communist Party strongly protests against the North Korean move and demands that North Korea strictly refrain from conducting further nuclear tests, give up its nuclear weapons and nuclear development programs, and unconditionally return to the Six Party talks.
Akahata, May 26, 2009