Japan-Republic of Korea Relations

September 4, 2017

On September 4, commencing at 11:00 a.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The overview of the telephone talk is as follows.

1. At the outset, Prime Minister Abe stated that the recent nuclear test is a direct challenge to the international community and poses an unprecedented, serious and imminent threat to the security of the region including Japan, that it is essential that the entire international community applies maximum pressure on North Korea including pursuing a more robust United Nations Security Council resolution, and that Japan will urge China and Russia to play a greater role in increasing pressure on North Korea.

2. President Moon responded that the ROK strongly condemns the nuclear test, that it will cooperate with the international community to take firm retaliation measures including a more robust Security Council resolution, and that it will establish firm security arrangements founded on the ROK-U.S. Alliance.

3. The leaders confirmed that they will continue to maintain close communications, including at this week’s upcoming Eastern Economic Forum, and promote close collaboration between Japan and the ROK and among Japan, the ROK, and the United States.

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