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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

April 11, 2018 (AM)

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Simultaneous interpretation services for this video are provided by a third party.

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]

REPORTER: I have a question regarding Syria. Regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, President Trump of the United States has indicated a possible military attack, stating that he would be “making some major decisions over the next 24 to 48 hours” in the early morning of yesterday, Japan time. What is the view of the Government of Japan regarding these developments?
CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: I am aware of President Trump’s comment. In the case that chemical weapons were actually used in Syria, this is absolutely unacceptable and the Government strongly condemns such acts. In any event, the Government will respond to this matter in close cooperation with the countries concerned, including the United States.
REPORTER: I have a related question. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) failed to adopt a draft resolution submitted by the United States which establishes a mechanism to investigate those who utilized the chemical weapons and how they were used. Could you please share your thoughts on this?
CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: First and foremost, it is important to identify who is responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria. It is extremely regrettable that a UNSC resolution to establish such a framework failed. The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable in any circumstances, and the Government will continue to work closely with the international community on fact-finding, including identifying those who used the chemical weapons.

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