Japan-Canada Relations

September 13, 2016
On September 13, commencing at around 10:23 a.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, held a telephone talk with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. The overview of the talk is as follows.

  1. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe stated that North Korea recently went ahead with a series of nuclear tests in an unprecedentedly short period of time, and this poses an unprecedented level of threat to the peace and security of the regional and international community and is totally unacceptable. Prime Minister Abe expressed the view that North Korea's provocative actions and progress with nuclear and missile development clearly violate the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and are a direct challenge to  international disarmament and non-proliferation frameworks, centering on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and also violate joint statements of the Six-Party Talks. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe stated that the unprecedented level of threat requires a non-traditional response, the international community needs to send a strong message that it will not tolerate further provocative acts of any kind through firmly condemning North Korea's actions and taking concrete measures, and it is essential that the international community responds firmly in order to also prevent further provocative acts. Prime Minister Abe explained that he hopes Japan and Canada will continue collaborating closely.
  2. In response, Prime Minister Trudeau stated that he fully agrees with Prime Minister Abe's comments, Canada strongly condemns North Korea's nuclear tests, and North Korea's nuclear tests are a direct threat to the regional and international community. Prime Minister Trudeau explained that Canada will collaborate closely with Japan, and stated that North Korea will need to take concrete steps toward denuclearization and once again engage in meaningful negotiations aimed at a peaceful, political resolution.
  3. In addition, with regard to Japan-Canada relations, the two leaders shared the view that they will continue to promote cooperation in various fields in order to present a specific portrait of the "new era for cooperation between Japan and Canada" that they agreed on when Prime Minister Trudeau visited Japan in May.

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