South Korean Ambassador to South Korea Meets with South Korea’s Unification Minister to Call for Implementation of Sanctions against North Korea

South Korean Ambassador to South Korea Meets with South Korea’s Unification Minister called for the implementation of sanctions against North Korea September 1 at 9:42 p.m.

In a meeting with South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young, who has shown a strong desire to improve relations with North Korea, Japan’s ambassador to South Korea said that “it is necessary to continue to implement the resolution of the United Nations Security Council” toward the complete denuclearization of North Korea, and called for the steady implementation of sanctions against North Korea, which continues to develop nuclear and missile programs.
Japan’s Ambassador Shibata, who is stationed in South Korea, met for the first time in a day with Unification Minister Lee In-young, who is responsible for relations with North Korea at the South Korean government, who took office in July.

At the outset, Unification Minister Lee explained his view that South Korea should do what it can to improve relations between North and South Korea, and that it would not violate sanctions against North Korea, and that it would like to promote trade by exchanging goods.

On that basis, he said, “I want Japan to support the efforts of the South Korean government with a broad perspective and a big heart,” and called for the cooperation of the Japanese government.

In response, Ambassador Shibata said that Japan and South Korea agreed for the purpose of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and called for the steady implementation of sanctions against North Korea, which continues to develop nuclear and missile programs, saying that “it is necessary to continue to implement the resolution of the United Nations Security Council” toward the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intention to resign, he said, “It is extremely bitter that we were unable to resolve the abduction issue,” and stressed that “it is a very important issue for Japan, so I would like to ask for the understanding and cooperation of the South Korean government.”