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Japan-France Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk

January 7, 2016

On January 7, commencing at 6:25 p.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of the French Republic. The overview of the talk is as follows.

1. Foreign Minister Kishida stated that the recent action by North Korea constituted 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 itHe also said that this action was a clear violation of relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the Joint Statements of the Six-Party Talks, that it is extremely important for the international community to firmly take response to it. He further stated that Japan intends to collaborate closely with France, which is a member of the G7.

2. In response, Minister Fabius explained that France had already responded to the nuclear test by North Korea, including issuing a firm statement, and that France sided completely with Japan.

3. The two ministers shared the view that they would continue to work closely together while holding discussions with the relevant countries , so that a new resolution with powerful content would be promptly adopted at the UNSC.

4. At the beginning of the talk, Minister Kishida noted that January 7 marked one year exactly since the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo last year, and expressed his respect for the leadership of Minister Fabius, who held the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) without yielding to the terrorist attacks in November, achieving the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

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