Japan-Australia Foreign Ministers' Telephone Talk

April 2, 2012

On Monday, April 2, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with Hon. Bob Carr MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia. The outline of the discussion is as follows.

  1. At the onset of the discussion Minister Carr offered his first greeting as Minister for Foreign Affairs. In response, Minister Gemba offered his congratulations on Minister Carr's appointment, stating that he would like to work closely with Minister Carr in various ways to further deepen the amicable bilateral relations between Japan and Australia as strategic partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

  2. The Foreign Ministers exchanged views on North Korea's announcement on the imminent launch of a missile, which North Korea called a "satellite". They shared the view that a launch of a missile by North Korea will constitute a breach of the relevant Security Council Resolutions. The Foreign Ministers shared the view that Japan and Australia would also work closely to urge North Korea to exercise restraint. In addition, Minister Gemba expressed gratitude for Australia's cooperation thus far on the abduction issue. Minister Carr responded that Australia would continue its cooperation.

  3. The Foreign Ministers shared the view that in order to promote Japan-Australia security cooperation further, in addition to close exchanges of views, they will coordinate toward holding Japan-Australia Joint Foreign Defense ministerial Consultations (Japan-Australia "2 plus 2" talks) promptly.

  4. Furthermore, the Foreign Ministers agreed to utilize the opportunities at future international conferences to continue to conduct close exchanges of views.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)