Japan, United States and South Korea affirm cooperation with North Korea
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Wednesday that he and his counterparts in the United States and South Korea had agreed to further strengthen cooperation to rid North Korea of its nuclear and missile program.
During talks in New York held on the sidelines of the sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, the three men pledged to work closely for the complete denuclearization of North Korea by strengthening diplomatic efforts, ensuring the implementation implement UN resolutions banning Pyongyang from developing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, and strengthen deterrence in the region.
The trilateral meeting between Motegi, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui Yong comes after North Korea tested two ballistic missiles that fell in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone on the 15th. September.
Combined photo showing (left to right) Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and their South Korean counterpart Chung Eui Yong ahead of a trilateral foreign ministerial meeting in London on May 5, 2021, on the sidelines of the Group of Seven discussions of foreign ministers. (Kyodo) == Kyodo
Calling the ministerial meeting a “very timely opportunity to exchange views,” Motegi told reporters, “I said that North Korea’s recent nuclear and ballistic activities, including recent missile launches , pose a threat to Japan, the region and the international community and we shared the view. “
Blinken also “reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to continue consultation and cooperation” with Japan and South Korea to work towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, according to the State Department spokesperson, Ned Price.
The latter three met in person in May on the sidelines of the Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting in London, which South Korea attended as a guest.
They also discussed other regional and global issues such as Myanmar, China and climate change, and agreed to deepen cooperation in these areas as well, Motegi said.
The discussion also covered issues such as securing supply chains, the State Department spokesperson said.
The US administration of President Joe Biden has stressed the importance of cooperation between the three nations despite the strained relations between Japan and South Korea during the history of war and other disputes.
Ahead of the trilateral session, Motegi and Blinken also held bilateral talks and agreed to further deepen the alliance towards the goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific region by working with allies and like-minded countries. .
Motegi and Blinken also reaffirmed close bilateral coordination to resolve the past abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea, while discussing regional issues such as China and Afghanistan, the Japanese minister said.