Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron affirmed in telephone talks on Tuesday their close coordination in increasing pressure on North Korea.
According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the leaders exchanged views on North Korea, which has repeatedly tested nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of international sanctions.
France is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, which in September unanimously adopted a new sanctions resolution restricting exports of crude oil and petroleum products to North Korea in response to a sixth nuclear test earlier that month.
In the roughly 25-minute conversation, Macron also congratulated Abe on the ruling coalition’s victory in the recent House of Representatives election and expressed his sympathies over deaths and damage from Typhoon Lan, which closed in on Japan around the same time as the election.
In their most recent face-to-face meeting in New York in September, Abe and Macron agreed to speed up negotiations toward a bilateral acquisition and cross-servicing agreement — a type of defense logistics sharing deal — between their countries.