Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
September 9, 2016
On September 9, commencing at around 3:05 p.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone talk with the Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States. The overview is as follows.
- At the beginning, Minister Kishida stated that North Korea’s provocative actions and progress in its nuclear and missile development pose a direct and grave threat to Japan’s security, seriously undermine the peace and security of the regional and international communities, and are totally unacceptable. He also stated that Japan would like to continue to closely collaborate with the United States bilaterally, and the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) trilaterally.
- In response, Secretary Kerry stated that the recent nuclear test by North Korea is its attempt to unilaterally deteriorate the situation and the United States takes this seriously. He further stated that the United States will cooperate with Japan and respond seriously, including at the United Nations.