Vice Minister Mori’s Meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary Sherman
On November 18 (local time), Mr. MORI Takeo, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting the U.S., held a meeting with Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- In light of the increasingly severe regional security environment, both sides concurred to concretely advance the strengthening of the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance, and reaffirmed that Japan and the U.S. will continue to work closely in realizing a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and responding to global issues.
- Both sides also exchanged their views on a broad range of regional issues such as China and the Korean Peninsula. The two sides agreed to closely coordinate in addressing various issues related to China. The two sides also confirmed to continue to work closely towards the complete denuclearization of North Korea in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. In addition, the two sides discussed the international order in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), from a strategic perspective.
- Furthermore, based on the results of the Japan-U.S.-ROK Vice Ministers’ Meeting which was held on November 17, the both sides reaffirmed the importance of continued multilayered coordination among Japan, the U.S. and the ROK.