NHK reported this afternoon that following North Korea’s nuclear test, President Obama and PM Abe held talks over the phone and reaffirmed trilateral cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea. According to the network, PM Abe told President Obama that it is essential for the international community to firmly criticize North Korea’s action and send a strong message, and for the UNSC to swiftly hold an emergency meeting and adopt a new resolution. In response, the President reportedly expressed hope for close cooperation between the U.S. and Japan as well as with South Korea. The President also reportedly said the U.S.-Japan alliance remains firm and the U.S. commitment to Japan’s security is strong. The two leaders also reportedly agreed that the U.S., Japan, and South Korea will work closely toward the swift adoption of a tough resolution against North Korea, including a new sanctions resolution by the UNSC.
The network also reported that FM Kishida and Ambassador Kennedy met this afternoon at MOFA and agreed to take a tough stance toward North Korea. The network said the UNSC is planning to convene an emergency meeting early tomorrow Japan time at the request of the U.S., Japan, and South Korea.