Japan-Republic of Korea Relations

July 29, 2017

On July 29, commencing at 11 a.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone talk with H.E. Ms. Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The overview is as follows.

1. Minister Kishida stated that it is now necessary to apply pressure on North Korea, as was confirmed at the Japan-US-ROK Trilateral Summit meeting on July 6. With regard to the response to the issues of North Korea, both ministers confirmed that it is critically important for Japan and the ROK and for Japan, the United States and the ROK to cooperate.

2. In addition, Minister Kishida explained Japan's autonomous measures against North Korea announced on July 28, which Minister Kang appreciated. Both ministers shared the view that Japan, the United States, and the ROK will continue to work closely to adopt a new United Nations Security Council resolution, including strict measures. The ministers also confirmed that Japan-ROK as well as Japan-US-ROK cooperative relations will be advanced in a wide range of areas including security.

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