The Japan-U.S. summit meeting between Prime Minister Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden will begin soon. In order to strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. alliance, it is expected that the two countries will agree to begin joint development of new missiles that can intercept hard-to-detect weapons such as "hypersonic missiles."
Prime Minister Kishida, who is visiting Camp David, a presidential villa on the outskirts of Washington, will soon meet with President Biden ahead of the trilateral summit.
The two leaders are expected to confirm the further strengthening of the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance in light of the increasingly severe security environment in East Asia due to North Korea's nuclear and missile development and China's maritime advances.
As a concrete security cooperation, North Korea, China, and other countries are expected to agree to jointly develop new missiles that can intercept hard-to-detect weapons, such as hypersonic missiles that fly at about five times the speed of sound.
They are also expected to exchange views on the progress of cooperation in the economic field, including the strengthening of supply chains for semiconductors and important minerals.
In addition, I would like to share information on the situation in Ukraine and confirm that we will continue to impose severe sanctions against Russia and support Ukraine.