Skip to main content /US
CNN.com /US
CNN TV
EDITIONS

Powell, Japanese foreign minister discussed accident

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke with Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono on Wednesday about the submarine accident off the coast of Honolulu, the State Department confirmed.

Secretary Powell discussed the "status of the investigation" and "reiterated (U.S.) regrets and the (U.S.) pledge for full cooperation in the investigation," a spokesman tells CNN.

Another U.S. official said that Kono called Powell to express Japanese "concern about the role of civilians" on board the USS Greeneville submarine when it surfaced underneath the Ehime Maru on Friday.

The Japanese diplomat also mentioned the need for the United States to provide "timely information" to the Japanese government.

The State Department confirmed reports from Tokyo that the Japanese prime minister has dispatched a high-level envoy to Washington for further consultations.

Senior Vice Foreign Minister Seishiro Eto is expected to meet soon with Pentagon and State Department officials to "discuss the search and rescue" off the coast of Hawaii, U.S. officials tell CNN.



RELATED STORIES:
Search to end for 9 missing from submarine collision
February 14, 2001
Two civilians were at controls of sub during collision
February 13, 2001
Hope fades for submarine collision survivors
February 12, 2001
U.S. presses search for ship survivors into Monday
February 11, 2001
U.S. apology swift after sub hits boat
February 10, 2001
Sub practicing emergency ascent hit boat
February 10, 2001
Submarine SOS 'points to Kursk collision'
December 21, 2000

RELATED SITES:
USS Missouri Memorial - WWII Battleship
U.S. Coast Guard
Japanese Prime Minister
U.S. Navy
 • CINCPACFLT statement on the USS Greeneville incident
 • Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
 • USS Greeneville

Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.



 Search   





MARKETS
4:30pm ET, 4/16
144.70
8257.60
3.71
1394.72
10.90
879.91
 













Back to the top