Japan-Malaysia Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On Sunday, February 7, commencing at around 11:00 p.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a Japan-Malaysia Foreign Ministers’ telephone talk with Y.B. Dato’ Sri Anifah Bin Haji Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Minister Kishida explained that North Korea’s ballistic missile launch, following the fourth nuclear test, posed a direct and grave threat to the security of Japan, and undermined the peace and security of Northeast Asia and the international community, and was therefore totally unacceptable. Minister Kishida further explained that Japan had lodged a protest against North Korea. Additionally, Minister Kishida confirmed the need for close cooperation with Malaysia, which was also a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from Asia, to accelerate consultations related to a UNSC resolution and achieve swift adoption of a strong resolution.
2. Minister Anifah Aman commented that Malaysia had issued a statement condemning North Korea’s ballistic missile launch, and that Malaysia would cooperate with Japan, other UNSC members and other countries in the region for the adoption of necessary measures.