Japan-United States of America Relations
Japan-U.S. Summit Telephone Talk
May 10, 2018
On May 10, commencing at around 10 a.m. for approximately 20 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.
- Following the visit to North Korea by Mr. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States, and the release of three Americans, who had been detained in North Korea on the previous day, the two leaders closely coordinated policies on North Korea toward the upcoming U.S.-North Korea Summit Meeting.
- Prime Minister Abe extended his congratulations on the release of the three detained Americans as a major outcome, and stated that he welcomes North Korea's positive approach. President Trump stated that he is fully conscious of the importance of the role that Japan plays in the North Korea issue, and explained that he hopes Japan and the United States continue to coordinate closely.
- Prime Minister Abe explained to President Trump that at the Japan-China-Republic of Korea (ROK) Summit Meeting, at the Japan-ROK Summit Meeting with Mr. Moon Jae-in, President of the ROK, and at the Japan-China Summit Meeting with His Excellency Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of China, on May 9, he exchanged views on the Inter-Korean Summit Meeting, the China-North Korea Summit Meeting, and responses leading up to the U.S.-North Korea Summit Meeting based on those meetings.
- The two leaders reaffirmed that through the upcoming U.S.-North Korea Summit Meeting and other meetings, they will demand North Korea to take concrete actions for the dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction, including biological and chemical weapons, and ballistic missiles of all ranges, in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
- In addition, the two leaders shared the view that Japan and the United States will continue to cooperate to encourage North Korea to resolve the abductions issue.
- Furthermore, they confirmed that Japan, the United States, and the ROK will continue to coordinate closely, toward the upcoming U.S.-North Korea Summit Meeting.