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Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Meeting

May 25, 2022

On May 25, commencing at 11:55 am, for about 10 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone meeting with the Honorable Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. The two ministers shared serious concern about North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities including the ballistics missile launch on May 25, immediately following the Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting, the U.S.-ROK Summit Meeting, and the Japan-Australia-India-U.S. (Quad) Leaders’ Meeting, and reaffirmed the shared recognition that such activities pose a thread to the peace and stability of Japan, the region and the international community. The two ministers concurred to continue close coordination between Japan and the United States as well as among Japan, the U.S., and the ROK toward the complete denuclearization of North Korea in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
  2. In light of the increasingly severe regional security environment, and building upon the result of the recent President Biden’s visit to Japan, the two ministers concurred that it is essential to strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance, and to continue close coordination between Japan and the United States.

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