Japan-Germany Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
January 6, 2016
On January 6, commencing at 7:05 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany. The overview of the talk is as follows.
1. Foreign Minister Kishida stated that the recent action by North Korea constitutes a grave security threat to the peace and safety of the region and the international community, that Japan views this action as unacceptable and strongly condemns it, that this action is a clear violation of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and the Joint Statements of the Six-Party Talks, that it is extremely important for the international community to firmly respond, and that Japan intends to collaborate with Germany and the other G7 countries in this regard.
2. In response, Foreign Minister Steinmeier commented that he completely agrees with Foreign Minister Kishida’s statement, that he strongly condemns the recent action by North Korea as it is a violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, and that it is important for the international community, and the Security Council in particular, to show a stance of solidarity.
3. The two ministers agreed that Japan and Germany, as G7 chair countries this year and last year, respectively, will continue to collaborate closely.