Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies
today said the United States is committed to help Japan resolve the DPRK issues.
In her remarks upon Arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Ms. Davies said it is her first visit to Japan in her new position. She said it is importnat for her to understand all aspects of the issues that the Japanese Government and people care about.
Ms. Davies said she will meet Mr. and Mrs. Yokota, and then also the chairman of the abductee families association. Ms. Davies also stated her reasons for visiting Japan.
“I came here to talk to the Japanese Government, and then also today I’ll have a chance to talk to abductee family representatives, which I look forward to very much. This is my first visit to Japan in my new job, so it is what we call a “familiarization tour” just to get to understand the views of the Japanese Government and some important private groups like the abductee families.” – Ms. Davies
She stressed her overall goal of coming in Tokyo is to make sure that the coordination and collaboration between the United States and Japan is as close as possible.
“Because the only way we can succeed in moving forward on North Korea policy is if the allies and partners of the process are as tightly knit-up, joined-up, as possible. So that’s why I’m here, to make that pledge to the Japanese Government that we’ll do everything possible to ensure that the lines of communication are tight, that we’re as closely coordinated as possible going forward.” -Ms. Davies
Ms. Davies urged Japan to abide by their commitments that they’ve signed up to in the 2005 Joint Statement. They need to live up to the expectations of the international community, as is set out in the two United Nations Security Council resolutions.
“And they need to cease their provocative actions. So that’s what we’re looking for. They need to take concrete steps. And we are going to test the proposition that North Korea is prepared to move forward in that fashion. If they do, then many things are possible. But we don’t yet know that.” -Ms. Davies