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Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

On February 12, from 5:20 P.M. for approximately 15 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received a courtesy call by U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos. The outline of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Abe stated that it was extremely regrettable that North Korea went ahead with the nuclear test that day in spite of calls for self-restraint from the international community, and that the nuclear test presented a challenge to the peace and security of the entire international community. He also stated that such conduct by North Korea was unacceptable, and that Japan and the United States must work together to respond, including the adoption of a new United Nations Security Council resolution. In response, Ambassador Roos expressed his agreement, stating these provocations by North Korea were unacceptable and constituted a threat to peace and stability of the international community, and that the U.S. would closely coordinate with Japan to take steps in response to this issue.

  2. Prime Minister Abe welcomed the statement issued by President Barack Obama, in which he expressed a firm commitment to the defense of U.S. allies. In response, Ambassador Roos explained that in the statement, the President made clear that the U.S. remained steadfast in its defense commitments to its allies, including its key ally, Japan.

  3. Both sides agreed that it was important for Japan, the U.S., and the Republic of Korea to work together in dealing with the issues of North Korea. Regarding the issue of abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea, Ambassador Roos reiterated the intent of the U.S. to offer possible assistance to Japan, to which Prime Minister Abe expressed his appreciation.

  4. Both sides agreed that on the occasion of Prime Minister Abe's visit to the U.S. next week, Prime Minister Abe and President Obama would exchange views on the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, including the North Korean nuclear issue, and confirm the importance of the Japan-U.S. Alliance.


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