Japan-EU Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Meeting
May 31, 2018
On May 31 at 3:20pm-3:35pm (JST), Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, talked over phone with Ms. Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission. The overview is as follows.
1. With regard to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear issue, Minister Kono reiterated Japan’s position to continue to support the JCPOA. The Ministers confirmed the importance of continuous implementation of the JCPOA by relevant parties and agreed to cooperate closely to maintain the plan.
2. The Ministers also agreed that Japan and the EU continue to cooperate closely to realize complete, verifiable, and irreversible disarmament by North Korea of all weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and ballistic missiles of all ranges.
3. The Ministers confirmed their intention to further cooperate toward the early signing and entry into force of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).