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Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Meeting

June 17, 2023

On June 17th, commencing at 22:35 p.m., for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone meeting with the Honorable Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America, who is en route to Beijing from Washington D.C. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Secretary Blinken explained the U.S. government’s views on his visit to China ahead of his visit, and the two ministers concurred on continuing to work closely together in addressing issues related to China.
  2. The two ministers strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of multiple ballistic missiles that landed within Japan’s EEZ. The two ministers shared the recognition that North Korea’s ballistic missile launches with an unprecedented frequency and in an unprecedented manner, constitute a grave and imminent threat to the regional security and pose a clear and serious challenge to the international community. The two ministers also reaffirmed the importance of strengthening coordination between Japan and the U.S. as well as among Japan, the U.S., and the ROK.
  3. The two ministers concurred on continuing to work closely together to defend the peace and stability of Japan and the region.

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