Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministerial Telephone Talks
November 25, 2010
- Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Maehara held telephone talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for about 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. JST on November 25 (Thu).
- Minister Maehara stated that Japan strongly condemned the latest act by North Korea which was an attack on even defenseless civilians, and expressed his respect to the United States for strongly condemning North Korea as well as responding firmly to the incident in coordination with the Republic of Korea (ROK). Then, Minister Maehara explained to Secretary Clinton on the exchanges of views in telephone talks on November 24 between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and ROK President Lee Myung-bak as well as between Minister Maehara and ROK Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Kim Sung-hwan.
- In response, Secretary Clinton said that the United States greatly appreciated the statement by the Government of Japan condemning North Korea's provocative act and that the United States would like to take a coordinated response with Japan to this shelling incident and the issue of North Korea's uranium enrichment activities, which was brought to light recently. Then, Secretary Clinton explained the U.S.-ROK cooperation including U.S.-ROK joint military exercises. Both sides shared the view that China's role is important.
- Minister Maehara and Secretary Clinton agreed to continue close coordination between Japan and the U.S. as well as among Japan, the U.S., and the ROK.