Inada meets Carter during Washington visit○Japan Times(2016.09.16)
The two agreed to work together to counter the “grave threats to the national security of both Japan and the United States.”
Carter also guaranteed that Japan is covered by the U.S. nuclear umbrella, the ministry said. Carter’s reassurance on the issue came after The New York Times recently reported that U.S. President Barack Obama considered abandoning the first-use option of a nuclear weapon in a conflict,
both capitals need to engage in delicate diplomacy with China, a key player, to enforce sanctions effectively, amid complicated bilateral relations over China’s aggressive military muscle flexing in the South and East China seas.
Inada and Carter also agreed that the ruling by the International Arbitration Court in The Hague over the territorial dispute between China and the Philippines is final, saying they uphold the principle of freedom of navigation and emphasizing the importance of maritime operations based on international law, the ministry added.
The two chiefs also pledged to cooperate in providing capacity building to neighboring countries. The comments came after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this week said that U.S. troops should stay out of his country, it said.