Japan-United States of America Relations

February 9, 2016
On February 9, commencing at 10:30 a.m. for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States of America. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1 Prime Minister Abe and President Obama agreed that they recognized that North Korea's recent ballistic missile launch posed a direct and grave threat to the security of Japan and the United States, and significantly undermined the peace and security of the international community.

2 The two leaders also agreed that it is important for the international community to show a firm response, and that it is necessary to adopt a strong United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution at an early date.

3 Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe explained that Japan would take its own measures in order to comprehensively resolve issues related to abductions, nuclear and missiles, and that close collaboration and cooperation between Japan and the United States and among Japan, the United States, and Republic of Korea (ROK) are now more important than ever before.

4 President Obama expressed his appreciation for Prime Minister Abe's very clear and comprehensive statement, and stated that the United States' commitment to Japan on its security is resolute, and that the United States is ready to defend its allies.

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