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.
Search to end for 9 missing from submarine collision
USS Missouri Memorial - WWII Battleship
U.S. doubles Gulf forces
Case resigns as AOL chairman
New Yorkers look to plans for fractured skyline
Man stabbed in NY subway station
Search for missing woman continues
Climbers lost on Mount Hood found alive
N. Y. plans to heal skyline
Stocks rise on Case departure
Lieberman's presidential announcement today
New arrests may be linked to UK ricin scare
Jordan says farewell for the third time
Shaq could miss playoff game for child's birth
Ex-USOC official says athletes bent drug rules
|Back to the top|