- Title: Japan speaks of 'heated discussions' at Manila security meeting
- Date: 7th August 2017
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AUGUST 7, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER TARO KONO SITTING BEHIND DESK AT NEWS CONFERENCE REPORTERS TYPING ON COMPUTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER, TARO KONO, SAYING: "On the issue of North Korea, several countries have actually made lengthy statements and on the issue of South China Sea, those countries who are in the same position as ours, as well as the countries that are having slightly different positions, we had a very "heated" discussion." KONO SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER TARO KONO, SAYING: "Almost all countries have been telling me the U.N. Security Council resolutions that have been adopted should be strictly implemented. But having said so, what needs to be done, and there could be various different views on that, but at least on all these relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions, including the most recent one, I believe there is almost a consensus among ministers that those resolutions must be firmly and solidly implemented. That is my impression." KONO SPEAKING ON STAGE
- Embargoed: 21st August 2017 16:07
- Keywords: Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono ASF meeting Manila ASEAN news conference North Korea nuclear program South China Sea
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T5RSXX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Japan's foreign minister said "heated discussions" took place about North Korea's missile tests and South China Sea disputes at a security forum on Monday (August 7), and most countries believed U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang should be fully implemented.
Taro Kono told reporters there was broad support among the 27 foreign ministers at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila for pressure to be exerted on North Korea and for a new U.N. Security Council resolution to be fully implemented.
Among those attending the event were North and South Korea, Russia, China, Japan and Australia.
Kono also said Japan supported the United States in its activities in the South China Sea to ensure freedom of navigation, and in a veiled reference to China, opposed "any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force".
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