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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

December 5, 2016 (PM)

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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]



REPORTER: North Korea has reacted strongly against the resolution approving a series of sanctions and the military of the Republic of Korea (ROK) has indicated there is a possibility that North Korea may engage in provocative actions. What is the view of the Government of Japan on this matter?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: The Government has serious concerns about North Korea’s movements relating to nuclear and missile development programs, and is constantly engaged in the collection and analysis of information. Under this system the Government engages in monitoring and surveillance to protect the lives and peaceful daily livelihoods of the people of Japan. I would like to refrain from disclosing the specific means by which these operations are conducted, due to their nature.

REPORTER: I have a related question. This month there are a number of special commemorative days in North Korea that could easily become the pretext for the country to seek to enhance its national prestige, so is the Government going to enhance its monitoring and surveillance structures?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: In any event, the Government is constantly engaging in the collection of information and monitoring and surveillance with a sense of urgency in order to be able to respond to any situation. Through these efforts, we are resolved to protect the peace and security of the nation.


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