Telephone Conversation between Foreign Ministers of Japan and Ambassador to Japan from the United Mexican States Miguel Ruiz-Cabanas regarding the Launch of a Flying Object by North Korea

April 5, 2009
Japanese

For about 15 minutes from 5:00 p.m. on April 5, 2009 (JST) Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone and Ambassador to Japan from the United Mexican States Miguel Ruiz-Cabanas held a brief telephone conversation.  The summary of the conversation is as follows.

  1. 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 Mexico and Japan. The launch can’t be tolerated as it is a threat to the peace and stability of the region and violates the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions. Moreover, Foreign Minister Nakasone stated that including the possibility of adopting a United Nations Security Council Resolution, it is important first of all to thoroughly take this matter up in the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Nakasone expressed appreciation for the fact that thanks to the consideration of Mexico, which chairs the Security Council, an emergency meeting has been called for 3:00 p.m. (EST) in New York and said that Japan intends to seek the assistance, which will continue to play an important role in this matter.
     
  2. In response to this, Ambassador Miguel Ruiz-Cabanas stated that the Government of Mexico views this matter with deep concerns, and as Chair of the United Nations Security Council, Mexico would like to play its role a way for Japan’s concerns to be appropriately reflected in the international community. Furthermore, Ambassador Miguel Ruiz-Cabanas stated that although Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa is deeply concerned about the launch by North Korea and is closely watching the situation. The Ambassador also stated that he would quickly convey Japan’s viewpoint that he had heard from Foreign Minister Nakasone to the relevant officials in the Government of Mexico.
     
  3. Both sides agreed to continue to closely cooperate in the United Nations Security Council and elsewhere.
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