Japan-United States of America Relations

December 21, 2019

On December 21, commencing at around 10:30 p.m. for approximately 75 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, up the request from the President. The overview of the talk is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Abe and President Trump exchanged views on the latest developments relating to North Korea and closely coordinated their policies with regard to the issue of North Korea. Prime Minister Abe stated that he fully supports the U.S.-North Korea process, and that Japan would once again urge North Korea to take steps for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through peaceful dialogue, not through dangerous provocative actions. In addition, the two leaders completely shared the view that Japan and the United States will continue to cooperate more closely and work together towards the resolution of the abductions, nuclear, and missile issues.
  2. Prime Minister Abe stated that he would visit China from December 23 and hold a meeting with President Xi Jinping, as well as attend the Japan-China-ROK (the Republic of Korea) Trilateral Summit Meeting, where the Prime Minister intended to fully coordinate with China and ROK for peace and stability in this region.
  3. Prime Minister Abe took this opportunity to explain the outcomes of the visit to Japan by President Hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan would continue to make diplomatic efforts toward easing tensions and stabilizing the situation in the Middle East, while closely cooperating with the United States.

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