October 23, 2021

Japanese leader says North Korean nuclear development ‘absolutely unacceptable’

In major speech, Fumio Kishida also pledged to work toward a nuclear-free world and a resolution to the abduction issue

In his first policy speech to the Japanese legislature, Japan’s new prime minister Fumio Kishida criticized North Korea’s nuclear and missile development as “absolutely unacceptable,” pledging as a leader from Hiroshima to work toward a “world without nuclear weapons.”

The new prime minister, who took office on Monday, also repeated his pledge to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the abduction issue that has long foiled efforts to improve bilateral ties.