Bernard Kouchner will visit Japan to reinforce and reaffirm France’s political, economic and technological partnership, and work together with its Japanese partners towards developing responses to international challenges such as climate change, nuclear non-proliferation and innovative finance methods for developing countries.
He will meet with the Japanese Prime minister and Minister for Foreign Affaires and will inaugurate the new French Embassy in Tokyo.
On 19 March, Mr Kouchner will go to Seoul where he will meet wi the President and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He will also give a presentation at the Seoul National University. This visit will reinforce French Korean cooperation with a view to the next G20 Summit to be held in Seoul in November and the French presidency of the G20 in 2011. This visit will also address the issue of North Korea, particular with regard to nuclear non-proliferation, and will reaffirm France’s support for the recommencement of the six party talks and the North-South dialogue.
Q - France is working closely with Japan on the nuclear issue. The current composition of the Security Council is not very conducive to passing a resolution. There is still some opposition. Are you expecting something concrete from the Japanese? Do you know Japan’s position on Iran ?
A - Bernard Kouchner will address the issues of nuclear proliferation. It is helpful to discuss these issues with Japan which is due to hold the presidency of the Security Council. The Security Council is not homogenous and that is a good thing. It represents a diverse world. We are campaigning for the reform of the Security Council to ensure that it more accurately reflects this diversity, as well as the new relationships governing the organization of international relations. We engage in comprehensive dialogue on all topics with the Japanese. They are, just like us, capable of noting the attitude that Iran has had for months, an attitude that was confirmed by the IAEA’s resolution at the end of last year and in the IAEA’s report published at the beginning of the year.