U.S. – Japan Extended Deterrence Dialogue in North Dakota
OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON / JUNE 10, 2019
The Government of the United States and the Government of Japan will hold a bilateral Extended Deterrence Dialogue (EDD) on June 10-12 in Minot, North Dakota. The EDD provides an opportunity for the two allies to hold in-depth discussions on how to maintain and strengthen deterrence as part of their security and defense cooperation. On the U.S. side, the talks will be led by the Bureau for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas DiNanno and by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy Robert Soofer. The Japanese side is represented by Mr. Takehiro Funakoshi, Deputy Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Takeshi Ishikawa, Deputy Director-General, Defense Policy Bureau, Ministry of Defense. The two governments engage in broad and ongoing discussions on deterrence issues within the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and have held the EDD on a regular basis since 2010.