Japan-United States of America Relations

Prime Minister Abe Receives a Courtesy Call from U.S. Vice President Pence

February 7, 2018

On February 7, Prime Minister Abe received a courtesy call from the Honorable Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States of America. Commencing around 3:05 p.m. for approximately 50 minutes, small-group meeting was held and North Korean issues were mainly discussed. Then, commencing around 4:00 p.m. for approximately 1 hour, expanded bilateral meeting was held and the regional issues including North Korea were discussed. After the courtesy call, Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Abe conducted Joint Press Announcement, and commencing around 5:45 p.m. for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, Prime Minister Abe and his wife Akie held a banquet. The overview of the courtesy call is as follows.
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1 North Korea

The two sides welcomed the inter-Korean dialogue in connection with the Pyeonchang Olympics and agreed to continue to apply maximum pressure on North Korea toward the goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. 

Both sides shared the recognition that meaningful dialogue cannot be expected unless North Korea shows sincere will and concrete actions toward denuclearization.

Vice President Pence reiterated U.S. position that all options are on the table, and Prime Minister Abe reaffirmed his support for this U.S. position.

Vice President Pence commended Japan's effort to counter ship-to-ship transfers. Both sides agreed to fully implement relevant Security Council resolutions with close cooperation with international partners, including ROK, in dealing with North Korea's sanctions evasion. 

Both sides affirmed the recognition that Japan and the U.S. as well as Japan, the U.S. and ROK trilaterally will work closely in order to make North Korea change its policy.

2 East and South China Seas

The two sides expressed concern about the situation in the East and South China Seas and agreed to continue to cooperate together. Both sides affirmed that Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty covers the Senkaku Islands.

3 Regional Strategy

The two sides affirmed that they will cooperate to promote a rules-based order, connectivity, and peace and security in the region to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific.

4 Japan- U.S. Alliance

The two sides reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Japan's defense through the full range of U.S. military capabilities, both nuclear and conventional.

Both sides affirmed that they would further promote the Japan-U.S. security cooperation.

Both sides shared the importance of mitigating the impact on Okinawa and reaffirmed their commitment to the realignment of the U.S. forces in Japan (USFJ), including the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma to Camp Schwab (Henokosaki).

Both sides emphasized the critical importance of efforts to ensure safe USFJ aircraft operations.

5 Others

The two sides discussed possibilities for advancing the Middle East Peace Process. 

Both sides confirmed to strengthen comprehensive space cooperation, including security, industry and science and technology.
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