Iwaya Meets Bolton In Tokyo

Iwaya meets Bolton in Tokyo

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.