Japan-Canada Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On January 7, commencing at 12:00 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a Japan-Canada Foreign Ministers’ telephone talk with The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. The outline of the talk is as follows.
1. Foreign Minister Kishida stated that the recent conduct by North Korea constitutes a grave security threat to the peace and safety of the region and the international community, that Japan strongly condemns it as an intolerable act, and that he will continue working closely with Foreign Minister Dion going forward.
2. In response, Foreign Minister Dion stated that Canada will give Japan its full cooperation, that the recent act by North Korea is unacceptable, and that Canada would collaborate closely with the relevant countries for possible actions against North Korea.
3. The two ministers agreed that the recent act by North Korea is a clear violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and so forth, and represents a grave challenge to the peace and safety of the region and the international community, and that the international community needs to adopt a strong stance and take prompt measures.
4. The two ministers also agreed that it is important for Japan and Canada to continue collaborating closely at such forums as the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Hiroshima this April.