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Gist of teleconference between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump

Abe, Trump: Agreed that [North Korea’s] missile launches are dangerous and provocative acts and are serious security threats. Agreed on a policy of working in close trilateral partnership with South Korea.


Abe: Approved of the stance the U.S. has taken, saying to the international community that all options are on the table [in handling the issue of North Korea].


Trump: In reference to U.S. involvement in Japan’s security, said that the United States supports its ally Japan 100%. Indicated that “all options are on the table” in dealing with North Korea. Emphasized that the United States will support Japan and South Korea in response to the “great threat” posed by North Korea and will defend its allies “with the full range of U.S. military capabilities.”


Abe: Japan will strongly urge [North Korea] to refrain from engaging in further provocative actions and to comply with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).


Abe, Trump: Agreed to endeavor to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance amid the increasingly tense security environment in the Asia-Pacific region.


Abe, Trump: Confirmed the importance of China’s role in the North Korea issue. Shared the awareness that China’s measures to suspend coal imports from North Korea announced in February based on the UNSC sanctions are inadequate.


Abe: Japan is watching how China deals with the issue of North Korea.


Trump: Taking advantage of the opportunity afforded by the U.S.-China summit, the United States will also endeavor to lead the issue in a positive direction.


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