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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 263-12
April 12, 2012

Readout of Secretary Panetta’s Meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba

            Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following readout: 

            “Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta met with Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba at the Pentagon today.  The two leaders discussed a wide range of defense and security issues including North Korea's announced plan to conduct a missile launch in mid-April, and bilateral discussions on the realignment of U.S. forces on Okinawa. 

            “Secretary Panetta and Minister Gemba reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Japan Alliance in defense of Japan and in contributing to regional peace and security.  Both leaders agreed to continue close contact in the future.”

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