Japan-U.K. Foreign Ministers' Telephone Talk
February 13, 2013
On February 13 at 5:30 P.M. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone talk with Rt. Hon. William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom. The overview of the talks is as follows.
- Minister Kishida stated that the international community should not tolerate the recent nuclear test by North Korea, which has done tremendous damage to the peace and security of the entire international community. He also stated that a new, strong resolution on the matter should be quickly adopted at the United Nations Security Council, and that he wished to continue to closely collaborate with the United Kingdom and other relevant countries. In response, Minister Hague said that he completely agreed with what Minister Kishida had said, and expressed his thought that the nuclear test by North Korea was a challenge to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and UN Security Council, and that a new UN Security Council resolution should be adopted. Both shared the view that there should be close collaboration between Japan and the United Kingdom at G8 meetings and other places.
- Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude for the cooperation of the United Kingdom, such as sharing information in the process of responding to the terrorism incident in Algeria last month. The two confirmed that further cooperation would be made toward the signing of a Japan-U.K. information security agreement in order to facilitate an information sharing system between Japan and the United Kingdom.
- (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)