Japan-Canada Foreign Ministers' Telephone Talk
June 22, 2018
On June 22, commencing at around 7 a.m. (Bangkok time; around 9 a.m. on June 22, Japan time) for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who was visiting Bangkok, the Kingdom of Thailand, held a telephone talk with the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. The overview of the telephone talk is as follows.
- The two foreign ministers exchanged views on the outcome of the U.S.-North Korea Summit Meeting, and appreciated the meeting as one step forward towards the comprehensive resolution of outstanding issues of concern relating to North Korea.
- The two foreign ministers affirmed that Japan and Canada would work closely in order to realize the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction, including biological and chemical weapons, and ballistic missiles of all ranges, by North Korea.
- In addition, the two ministers shared the view that it is important to continue the full implementation of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. Minister Kono expressed gratitude for the recent deployment of a Canadian patrol aircraft to counter North Korea's sanctions evasion, including so-called "ship-to-ship transfers". The two ministers shared the recognition that they would continue to cooperate to address the issue.
- The Foreign Ministers also exchanged views on the trade issue.