Telephone Conversation Between Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the Rt. Hon. William Hague, First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom
May 31, 2010
On May 31 (Mon) from 7:45 p.m., Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone conversation for about 25 minutes with the Rt. Hon. William Hague, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The summary of the conversation is as follows
- Minister Okada congratulated Secretary Hague on his appointment as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and expressed his intention to strengthen cooperative relations with Secretary Hague in various fields, as Japan and the United Kingdom share common interests on many global issues. In response, Secretary Hague thanked for Minister Okada’s congratulatory words and said he was looking forward to working together over the next several years.
- Concerning Iranian nuclear issue, Minister Okada reported on talk he had held earlier with Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran: Minister Mottaki explained to Minister Okada the agreement reached among three countries. Minister Okada told Minister Mottaki that while Japan appreciated the agreement itself, additional sanctions by the United Nations Security Council could not be avoided as Iran continues with the uranium enrichment activity aimed at about 20 percent enrichment level, which constitutes a further violation of the Security Council resolutions, and said that Iran should immediately suspend its about 20-percent enrichment activity for the good of its people and seriously consider suspension of all enrichment-related activities.
In response, Secretary Hague said that the United Kingdom holds the same position with Japan. He said that although the trilateral agreement was a positive sign, Iran still continued with its about 20 percent enrichment activity and failed to meet its obligations to the IAEA and other relevant bodies, and peaceful pressure must continue as well as discussion on additional sanctions by the Security Council should be advanced. He said this point was presumably shared among the Security Council members.
- Concerning the situation in North Korea, Minister Okada said that in addition to the issues between Japan and North Korea such as abduction issue, nuclear and missile issues, addressing properly to the sinking of the ROK navy ship ‘Cheonan’ would be crucial for the time being. Minister Okada said he had confirmed with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had recently visited Japan, that Japan, the United States, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) would cooperate closely to tackle the issue, and that the issue had also been raised during the meeting between Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and the visiting Premier Mr. Wen Jiabao of the People’s Republic of China. Minister Okada stated that he would like to cooperate with the United Kingdom on this issue. In response, Secretary Hague said that the United Kingdom strongly supported the position of Japan, the United States, and the ROK.
- Concerning the situation in Afghanistan, Secretary Hague who had recently visited the country explained the security situation and other matters in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan where the UK troops were stationed. He said that Japan was an important player for the country’s reconstruction and expressed his intention to continue to cooperate with Japan. Minister Okada concurred with this statement.
- In concluding the conversation, the two ministers agreed to meet at the earliest possible date in order to deepen discussions on a range of bilateral and global issues.