Japan-United States of America Relations

July 31, 2017

On July 31, commencing at around 8:05 a.m. for approximately 52 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 talk is as follows.

  1. The two leaders exchanged views on the situation concerning North Korea. Prime Minister Abe stated that the threat posed by North Korea has increased dramatically to both Japan and the U.S. with the launch of an ICBM class ballistic missile on late July 28, which is totally unacceptable. He stated that President Trump’s immediate statement that the U.S. will take all necessary measures to protect its allies in the region was significantly assuring, and expressed his gratitude for the statement.
  2. In response, President Trump stated that he concurred with Prime Minister Abe’s statements. He also stated that he and Prime Minister Abe, as well as Japan and the U.S., are strong partners, and that the U.S.’s commitment to Japan’s defense is unwavering.
  3. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe explained Japan's autonomous measures announced on July 28. Both leaders confirmed close Japan-U.S. cooperation, as well as Japan-U.S.-ROK cooperation, to adopt new United Nations Security Council resolutions that include strict measures, and to urge the involvement of China and Russia.

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