§ Lord Moynihan
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether their decision to establish diplomatic relations with North Korea was discussed with Japan beforehand; and whether the decision carried the support of the Japanese Government. [HL4452]
§ Baroness Scotland of Asthal
The decision to establish diplomatic relations with North Korea was not discussed with Japan beforehand. The Foreign Secretary raised it with the Japanese Foreign Minister when they met at the ASEM III Summit in Seoul. Mr Kono warmly welcomed the decision.