Telephone Conversation between Foreign Ministers of Japan and Russia regarding the Launch of a Flying Object by North Korea

April 5, 2009

     For about 20 minutes from 6:00 p.m. on April 5, 2009 (JST) Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone and Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov held a brief telephone conversation. The gist of the conversation is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Foreign Minister Nakasone stated that it was extremely deplorable that despite calls efforts by concerned countries including Japan and Russia, North Korea had conducted the launch, can not 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 also goes against the Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks. Moreover, it goes against the efforts being made to secure the peace and stability of the Northeast Asia region, including those of the Six-Party talks. In addition, Foreign Minister Nakasone stated that, Japan intended to thoroughly take this matter up in the United Nations Security Council including the possibility of adopting a Security Council Resolution.
  2. In response to this, Foreign Minister Lavrov stated the following:
  3. 1)  It is deplorable that North Korea conducted the launch despite the efforts of concerned countries in the Six-Party Talks, including Russia, to convince North Korea do so and that Russia understood the concerns that this launch had caused Japan, and that they are also concerned.

    2)  Russia will continue to analyze related technical data and in parallel with that Russia is ready to prepare for beginning work in the United Nations Security Council.

    3)  Regarding actions of in the United Nations Security Council, Russia intends to closely discuss with Japan so that a consensus can be obtained among the concerned countries.

  1. Based on the aforementioned, both sides agreed that close coordination would be maintained at all levels, including the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York concerning the actions to be taken by the United Nations Security Council.

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