Hayashi and Blinken reaffirm their close cooperation on North Korea

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Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed that they will work closely together for the denuclearization of North Korea in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

Hayashi and Blinken spoke on the phone for about 35 minutes on Wednesday at the request of the Japanese side.

They shared serious concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities, including the country’s latest launch of a ballistic missile on Sunday.

The two officials agreed that the provocations posed a threat to the peace and stability of the international community, including Japan.

Hayashi and Blinken agreed to work closely, as well as with South Korea, for the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

They also discussed the region’s increasingly severe security environment bearing in mind China’s expanding maritime activities, and agreed to enhance deterrence and response capabilities as part of the Japanese-American alliance.

The diplomats also exchanged views on rising tensions in Ukraine.

They said they would closely monitor Russia’s military buildup, confirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and agreed to continue working together to address the situation.

Hayashi noted after the talks that this was the third time he had spoken to Blinken this year, including during the “two plus two” meeting with their top defense officials.

He said they will continue to work closely together to address many diplomatic challenges, including North Korea.

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