Telephone Conversation between Foreign Minister Nakasone and Secretary of State Clinton regarding the Launch of a Flying Object by North Korea

April 5, 2009
Japanese

   For about 15 minutes from a little past 2:30 p.m. on April 5, 2009 (JST) Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a telephone conversation. The summary of the conversation is as follows;

  1. At the outset, Minister Nakasone stated that the launch of a flying object by North Korea, despite efforts by concerned countries including Japan and the United States, cannot be tolerated, as it is a threat to the peace and stability of the region and violates the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions. It is also incompatible with the Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks. Moreover, it goes against the efforts, including those at the Six-Party Talks, being made for peace and stability of the Northeast Asia region.
     
  2. In addition, Minister Nakasone stated that, with a view to adopting a new United Nations Security Council Resolution, it is important to issue a strong message to North Korea. In response to this, Secretary of State Clinton stated that she shares the deep concern and condemnation of North Korea’s action with Japan, that it is important for Japan and the United States to take a clear and strong stance together, and that she wanted Japan and the United States to cooperate in the United Nations Security Council as well on this matter.
     
  3. Minister Nakasone and Secretary of State Clinton agreed that Japan and the United States will jointly address this issue, including actions in the United Nations Security Council, while closely discussing the measures to be taken in the future.
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