Japan-United States of America Relations

April 6, 2017
On April 6, commencing at 6:33 a.m. for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with the Honorable Donald Trump, President of the United States of America. The overview of the telephone talk is as follows.

1. The two leaders shared the recognition that North Korea’s ballistic missile launch yesterday was an act of dangerous provocation, and a grave threat to the security of Japan. Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to strongly urge North Korea to exercise self-restraint with further provocative actions and comply with the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, with the United States’ strong commitment as a backdrop.

2. Furthermore, in light of the approaching U.S.-China summit meeting, Prime Minister Abe explained that Japan is paying close attention to China’s response to the North Korean issue. Prime Minister Abe and President Trump shared the view that China’s role is important and that Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will coordinate closely.

3. President Trump explained that all options are on the table, and also made a powerful statement that the United States supports its ally Japan 100%.

4. Prime Minister Abe requested President Trump’s cooperation on promptly resolving the abductions issue, and further obtained President Trump’s support.

5. The two leaders shared the view that they will continue to strengthen their responses to the North Korean issue while cooperating with the United States and the international community.

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