The knowledge that Rin was safe comforted Nariko quite a bit. Yui had been distraught, and Nariko didn't want to be the one to bear the news to her that they couldn't help him if their time had run out. She couldn't help but wonder who had freed Rin, but that matter would be left for later.
After that, Nariko had zoned out quite a bit, although it hadn't been intentionally. The news that Hana had given her wasn't a lie, or if it was, she was an incredible liar. Nariko couldn't pick up even an ounce of dishonesty, and the proof of her statements could even be verified if Nariko were to follow up on it. More to the point, Nariko could confirm with Akihiro the validity of that sort of thing. One party could be lying, but it was less likely the more people brought in on these sorts of things.
She read the scroll she was handed, and her eyes narrowed at the transcript. Perhaps the Hokage was crazy indeed. Couldn't handle the stress of being the leader, mixed with losing Yui for so long must have snapped something. Either that, or someone was coercing them. Or more likely, working with the Society all along? Too many scenarios. Unfortunately, she began to think a little too long, and then the silence became uncomfortable.
When Hana snapped her fingers, Nariko muttered an apology. "Sorry, it's a lot to take in. Forgive my rudeness." If Hana still insisted on the guards escorting Nariko out, she'd shrug them off, metaphorically but not physically. Foreign agents laying hands on her wasn't exactly the smartest move to allow, and Nariko wasn't going to let them do so while she was awake and conscious. If they weren't called forward and the meeting continued, Nariko would instead reply.
"For now, the matter of the Hokage will be tabled. If you're being honest, then I very much appreciate what you've done for our genin. If not, further investigation into the matter will reveal any dishonesty in time, and I'm ill equipped to perform that investigation from this meeting room. I'll have to take you on your word and the transcriptions, as well as what evidence you've shown me." Nariko folded her hands on the table, and looked towards Hana, pursing her lips as she thought.
"I suppose the next big issue is the fact that you still own the Land of Demons, as well as the sacking of Iron. In general, Kirigakure has been warmongering well outside its sphere of influence. The atrocities in the Land of Demons by the Kiri Nin Ken Tetsudashi were never fully atoned for. Even marking him a Missing-nin, Kiri still reaped the benefits of their actions, and only made him a missing-nin after our intervention and intent of punishing him ourselves. He would have been free to roam unpunished otherwise, while Kiri seems to not care. The Land of Iron as well, was assaulted, a nation may I remind you, that is as far away from Kiri as you can get on the mainland. The attack was unprovoked, and well outside of Kirigakure's sphere of influence. You may understand how such an act may make me nervous. Warmongering isn't illegal, for sure, but Kirigakure pushes and breaks the boundaries of what is generally acceptable."
"So I have a simple request in regards to this: Relinquish control of the Land of Demons, and fund them back for any finances they've been drained, as well as a million ryo in reparations for damages done. It can never atone for what happened there, but it's a start. Return what was stolen and raided from the Land of Iron. You didn't even have the decency to take them over and try and build a new life for them. Rather than building your empire and assisting the minor nations in your control, it's been a constant drain just to fuel Kiri and that's infuriating to me. When the villages were made, it was with the intent of stopping the warring and feudal eras, the genocide of nations. To bring people together in unity and prosperity within our own nations, and as more get brought into the folds of our nations, to share that prosperity among other."
"With the return of the artifacts raided from the Sacking of Iron, and reparations to them, I would also request that Kirigakure issue a formal apology to the larger international community for its actions. If your colors have changed with your leadership, I welcome you as an ally. If they haven't, and Kirigakure continues on the path as its been written, Kumogakure shall be a terrible enemy."
Her eyes shifted to the guards, whom she hadn't been ignoring necessarily, but she wasn't quite sure how they'd take what she just said, and what she was about to say. "And of course, renounce any ties to the Society that may have been formed under former Kage of your village. Work with Kumogakure under a new alliance, one of cooperation and trust. Allow Kumogakure to station permanent troops in Kirigakure to not only keep your nation safe, but to ensure the treaty is being honored. I shall permit Kirigakure to do the same. In the event that one of us calls on each other's aid, we shall be as one. I'm sick of the distrust. The exams should be a time of cooperation, that's why I originally hosted them in Kumo. I want the world to be united under a banner of trust and security, not tearing at each other's throats and killing other nation's leaders, or using the exams to attempt to wipe out a new generation of shinobi."
Nariko would pause, and permit Hana an ample amount of time to respond, realizing she'd been speaking for a while.