(Nikkei: January 7, 2016 – p. 4)
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida discussed North Korea’s nuclear test in separate phone conversations with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, German’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on January 6.
The foreign ministers all strongly condemned Pyongyang and agreed to cooperate with each other, as well as the UN Security Council, to deal with the issue. Yun is said to have told Kishida that “cooperation between Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. has is very important.”
Prior to the teleconferences, Kishida met with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Kennedy said: “We condemn any violation of UN Security Council resolutions and will work closely with Japan and our other allies, including cooperation at the UN.”