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Release No. NR-166-18 June 01, 2018

Readout of Bilateral Meeting with Japan Defense Minister


Secretary of Defense Spokesperson CAPT Jeff Davis provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with his Japanese counterpart, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, in Hawaii on May 29. This was their fourth meeting since Minister Onodera assumed his responsibilities in August of 2017.

The two re-affirmed that they remain committed to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of nuclear, ballistic missile, and chemical and biological programs.

Secretary Mattis commended Japan's lead role disrupting DPRK's illegal ship-to-ship transfers in the region and for allowing multinational forces to temporarily operate from Japan supporting the enforcement of relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

Both ministers affirmed a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and the importance of bilateral, trilateral, and multilateral relationships and mechanisms to reinforce a networked security architecture that supports the regional order.

The ministers discussed other regional security issues, including the importance of maritime security; and reaffirmed that freedom of navigation and overflight must be ensured, and that disputes should be resolved in a peaceful manner. Both ministers noted China's actions to militarize disputed features run contrary to the goal of a peaceful, rules-based, open Indo-Pacific region.

The United States reaffirmed its ironclad defense commitments to Japan, and pledged to continue working closely together towards regional peace and stability

 

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