Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has met US National Security Advisor John Bolton in Tokyo. They discussed Washington's recent proposal to establish a coalition for ensuring safety in the Strait of Hormuz.
Their talks took place at the Defense Ministry on Monday. Iwaya thanked Bolton for his efforts to bolster the Japan-US security alliance.
Bolton said they have many important issues to discuss, and that the alliance is at a crucial phase due to many international issues.
Earlier in the day, Bolton met Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
They discussed Japan-South Korea ties, which have soured due to a wartime labor issue and Tokyo's export curbs on sensitive materials. Kono explained Japan's stance.
Bolton said he and Kono had a very productive discussion about a wide range of issues.
Their talks come amid rising tensions in the Middle East. When asked if they discussed Iran, Bolton said all issues related to national security were covered.