Subscription and demo access

About Interfax
Press Releases
Products & Services
Contact us
Customer Login


02/19 05:05   Russia political and economic calendar: February 19
02/18 22:07   New anti-Russian sanctions indicate EU's pro-U.S. policy - Duma's Slutsky (Part 2)
02/18 21:50   5 Ukrainian saboteurs hit landmine trying to infiltrate republic, Luhansk says
02/18 21:48   New anti-Russian sanctions indicate EU's pro-U.S. policy - Duma's Slutsky
02/18 21:43   Authorities considering adjustments to local history textbook criticized by Crimean Tatars
02/18 21:31   Michael Calvey, Philippe Delpal being held in good conditions - Public Monitoring Commission member Yenikeyev
02/18 21:28   Radicals protesting near Ukrainian Interior Ministry light firecrackers
02/18 21:21   Baring Vostok founder Calvey hopes for business ombudsman's aid for his release from custody - Public Monitoring Commission member

You can access a demo version of, recieve more information about or subscribe to Interfax publications by filling in and sending the form below.

First name:

Last name:







Please enter the digits in the box below:  |  Interviews  |  Katsuya Okada: Six-party talks optimal format for solving N. Koreas nuclear...


December 25, 2009

Katsuya Okada: Six-party talks optimal format for solving N. Koreas nuclear problem

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada told Interfax in an exclusive interview ahead of his visit to Moscow that six-party talks is the best for solving the North Korean nuclear issue and that the unresolved territorial dispute impacts Japanese-Russian bilateral relations.

"North Koreas nuclear and missile developments pose a serious threat to peace and stability not only in this region but to the entire international community as well. They are unacceptable," Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said.

"Securing a verifiable and irreversible renouncement by North Korea from its nuclear programs as soon as possible is crucial," he added.

"Six-party consultations are the most realistic format for a complex solution to the problems surrounding North Korea," he said. However, he did not specify when the talks could be resumed.

"We need to continue to work patiently towards their swift resumption involving the diplomatic efforts of concerned parties," he said.

Speaking about bilateral relations, particular trade Okada noted that the financial and economic crisis has strongly impacted Japanese-Russian economic relations.

"In 2008 trade turnover between Japan and Russia reached about $30 billion growing five-fold in five years. In 2009 it has so far amounted to only 40% of last years sum," he said.

Nevertheless Japanese companies continue entering the Russian market even after the beginning of the crisis, he said.

The Nissan plant in St. Petersburg started operating in May, he said. Such companies as Komatsu and Yokohama rubber are building their facilities in Russia, he said. The fact that Japanese companies are active in Russia is a sign of the great potential of bilateral cooperation in the economic sphere, he said.

Okada said there are also great possibilities for cooperation between Japan and Russia in Asia and the Pacific.

The Sakhalin-II project is a symbol of Japanese-Russian mutually-beneficial cooperation in Asia and the Pacific, he said. The production of liquefied natural gas was launched in Russia in the framework of the project with the help of Japanese technology know-how, he said.

Okada said that the modernization of the economy, primarily greater economic effectiveness, has become a priority task for Russia.

"Japan has high technologies in these spheres as well, therefore we can cooperate with Russia that is seeking economic development though innovation," he said.

However, there are other things but the economic crisis that impact Russian-Japanese bilateral relations. In particular, Moscow is protracting the resolution of the territorial dispute, he said.

"It has been more than 60 years since this problem arose. How much longer do we need?" Okada said.

"The Japanese people feel distrust towards Russias endless efforts to delay this issue," the minister said.

"As long as it is being delayed, Russias image will not change in the eyes of the Japanese, and partnership relations will be just words," he said.

To develop serious relations "the bilateral relations need to be fully stabilized and a peace agreement must be signed to finally resolve the problem of who owns the four Northern Islands," the Japanese foreign minister said.

"If we call each other partners in the Asia-Pacific region, the current situation, where the uncertainty of the national borders between us results in the lack of a peace agreement, is extremely unnatural," the Japanese minister.

It is not easy to settle this problem because Japan and Russia see it from a different legal perspective, he said.

"However, the two countries leaders confirm their intention to resolve it in our lifetime," he said.

"Fortunately, Prime Minister Hatoyama and President Medvedev have established good personal relations during their high-level meetings," Okada said.

The issue will be discussed with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit to Moscow on December 27-28, he said.

"To help the high level dialog, I am going to discuss specific ways of resolving the problem with Foreign Minister Lavrov in a calm atmosphere," Okada said.


Chairman of the German Committee on East European Economic Relations Wolfgang Büchele has given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about the activity of German companies in Russia.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has given an interview to Interfax ahead of his visit to Moscow in which he speaks about Germany‘s position on the INF Treaty and the Ukrainian settlement.

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has given an interview to Interfax in which she speaks about the charges brought against her in the United States.

Qatari Ambassador to Russia Fahad bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah has given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about the consequences of sanctions against Qatar, the normalization of relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Syrian crisis, and gas relations with Russia.

UNHCR Middle East and North Africa Bureau Director and Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Iraq and Syria Situations Amin Awad has visited Moscow for consultations with representatives of various Russian agencies and given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about the humanitarian situation in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, as well as the migrant crisis in Europe.

Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Markus Ederer has given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about prospects of normalizing relations between EU and Russia, the EU readiness to take part in the post-war reconstruction of Syria, and about how the EU is going to protects its companies working with Iran in the light of new U.S. sanctions.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has given a press conference at Interfax in the wake of his visit to Russia, in which he speaks about results of his visit, U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty, plans for a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and others issues.


 ©   1991—2019   "Interfax News Agency" JSC. All rights reserved.
Contact information   |   Privacy Policy   |   Interfax offices   |   made by web.finmarket

News and other data on this site are provided for information purposes only, and are not intended for republication or redistribution. Republication or redistribution of Interfax content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Interfax.

Browse other Interfax sites:   |   IFX.RU   |   Interfax Group   Rambler's Top100