TOKYO — Japan and France will hold talks between their foreign and defense ministers in Tokyo on Jan. 26 to strengthen defense ties and work together on restraining North Korea’s nuclear and missile ambitions, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday.
“We hope to share our views over the increasingly severe security situation, including North Korea issues, and discuss our response,” Onodera told reporters, adding that he plans to separately meet his French counterpart on Jan. 27.
The so-called two-plus-two talks next Friday will be attended by Onodera and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, along with French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The ministers are also expected to discuss ways to promote their defense technology cooperation and exercises between Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and the French military, according to Onodera.
It will be fourth two-plus-two talks between the two countries, with the last one held in January last year.