The new Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, showed at the UN General Assembly its willingness to meet with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, to establish a “constructive relationship” that serves the interests of both parties.
“I’m ready to meet the president Kim Jong-un without conditions. The establishment of constructive relations between Japan and North Korea will not only serve the interests of both parties, but will make a great contribution to regional peace and stability, “the prime minister said in a recorded speech.
Suga, who said that “he will not miss any opportunity” also insisted on his willingness to normalize relations with North Korea on the basis of the declaration signed by both countries on September 17, 2002 and known as (Japan-DPKR Pyongyang), with the aim of comprehensively resolving issues such as “kidnappings (of Japanese citizens in that country) and problems nuclear and missile “.
In his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, the Japanese prime minister also made reference to the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 and the “unprecedented crisis” which, according to Suga, “has brought the international community back to cooperate in the face of trends of division and isolation.”
“I think it is essential to set ourselves the goal of not leaving anyone’s health behind, as we work to achieve universal health coverage“Suga said, echoing a request repeated by numerous leaders throughout the first four days of the 75th General Assembly.
Likewise, like other heads of state and prime ministers, Suga praised the importance of institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Security Council, but stressed the need to reform them.
“The HIM-HER-IT it should be a forum in which all stakeholders constructively engage in responding to crises and working together transparently. Although I greatly respect the activities and efforts of the UN carried out so far, I would also like to emphasize that the organization needs neutral and fair governance more than ever, “he said in this regard.
The Prime Minister of Japan, who also renewed his country’s commitment to celebrate next summer in Tokyo the Olympic and Paralympic Games “as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic,” he also made a brief mention of the 75th anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons.