UNSC resolution on North Korea's missile launches is reasonable: JCP Shii

July 16, 2006

   Following the United Nations Security Council's adoption of a resolution condemning North Korea's recent missile launches, Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo on July 16 issued the following statement:

   The United Nations Security Council on July 15 unanimously adopted a resolution demanding that North Korea suspend all its ballistic missile-related activities.

   Immediately after the missile launches, the JCP severely criticized North Korea’s action and stressed that it’s more important than anything else for the international community to maintain unanimity of action in responding to this issue, avoiding causing a split in the UNSC.

   It is effective and reasonable that the UNSC adopted a unanimous resolution to condemn North Korea's missile launches, demand that North Korea suspend all ballistic missile-related activities and re-establish its pre-existing moratorium on missile launching, and strongly urge the country to return immediately to the Six-Party Talks without precondition and to abandon all nuclear programs.

   The JCP strongly demands that the North Korean government comply with the international consensus as expressed by the UNSC resolution.

   Concerning future responses of the international community, the JCP again emphasizes the importance of maintaining unanimity of action on the issue of North Korea and to make all-out efforts to solve the issue diplomatically.

- Akahata, July 17, 2006

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