Courtesy Call by ADM Samuel J. Locklear, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, on Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs
February 12, 2013
On February 12, from 7:05 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from ADM Samuel J. Locklear, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. The overview of the meeting is as follows. The courtesy call was also attended on the Japanese side by Mr. Takeo Akiba, Deputy Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau, and others; and on the U.S. side by H.E. Mr. John V. Roos, Ambassador of the United States to Japan, Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, Commander, U.S. Forces Japan, and others.
- Minister Kishida and ADM Locklear shared the recognition that the nuclear test by North Korea that day undermines the peace and stability of the international community. Minister Kishida stated that the nuclear test posed a major threat to the security of Japan and was totally unacceptable. He also said there was a need for firm coordination between Japan and the United States to ensure that there were no further provocative actions involving nuclear and missiles. In response, ADM Locklear mentioned that the United States remained steadfast in its defense commitment to allies in the region including Japan, and that the United States would continue to take steps necessary to defend itself and its allies.
- In addition, there was an exchange of views on the recent lock-on incident of the fire-control radar by Chinese naval vessels, the promotion of Japan-U.S. security and defense cooperation in wide-ranging areas, implementation of the plans for the realignment of U.S. Forces Japan, and measures to prevent incidents and accidents related to U.S. Forces Japan.
- (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original in Japanese.)
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