Telephone Conversation between Foreign Ministers of Japan and the People’s Republic of China regarding the Launch of a Flying Object by North Korea
April 5, 2009
For about 20 minutes from 3:00 p.m. on April 5, 2009 (JST) Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone and Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi of the People’s Republic of China held a brief telephone conversation. The gist of the conversation is as follows.
- At the outset, Foreign Minister Nakasone stated that it was extremely
deplorable that North Korea had conducted the launch despite efforts by
concerned countries including the People's Republic of China and Japan, North Korea
went ahead with this launch, which is a threat to the peace and stability
of the region and violates the relevant United Nations Security Council
Resolutions and cannot be accepted. It also goes against the joint statement
of the Six-Party Talks. In addition, Foreign Minister Nakasone stated
that, including the possibility of a Security Council Resolution, Japan
intended to thoroughly take this matter up in the United Nations Security
- For his part, Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi stated that he
understands the concerns of Japan and other concerned countries, that it
is in the interest of all countries to advance the Six-Party Talks process,
to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and to maintain the
peace and stability of the region, that this is the hope of the international
community, and that it is important for all concerned countries to take
a broad perspective and act calmly.
- Both sides agreed to continue to closely coordinate, including in the United Nations Security Council.
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