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Title: FORMER LDP OFFICIALS ADMITS LIE ABOUT KOIZUMI DPRK

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/08/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV JA KN
SUBJECT: FORMER LDP OFFICIALS ADMITS LIE ABOUT KOIZUMI DPRK 
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Classified By: Ambassador J.Thomas Schieffer.  Reasons 1.4 (B) (D) 
 
¶1. (U) The December 8 edition of Tokyo Shimbun reported that 
former LDP vice president Taku Yamasaki has admitted that he 
lied when he told reporters that former prime minister 
Junichiro Koizumi had expressed a willingness to make a third 
trip to North Korea.  On December 7, Japanese-language news 
outlets quoted Yamasaki as saying that Koizumi had shown a 
willingness to make a third trip to North Korea, this time as 
a special envoy, to try to break the deaklock in Japan's 
relations with the DPRK.  In correcting this earlier 
statement, Yamasaki said that "I suggested that Mr. Koizumi 
make a third visit to North Korea.  He was just listening to 
me."  According to Tokyo Shimbun, Koizumi later confirmed 
that Yamasaki had made up the story. 
 
¶2. (C) On December 7, Isao Iijima, former secretary to former 
PM Koizumi, told the Embassy that Yamasaki's comment that 
Koizumi wished to visit the DPRK again had been a complete 
fabrication ("detarame").  According to Iijima, Koizumi did 
tell Yamasaki that he strongly wished to solve the nuclear 
and WMD issues at a June 6 dinner the two men had together. 
However, Iijima denied that Koizumi ever said he wanted to 
visit North Korea again.  Iijima said that Yamasaki made the 
false statement because he himself wanted to visit Pyongyang 
as Koizumi's representative in order to gain the political 
limelight. 
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