Japan, US, S. Korea affirm cooperation on N. Korea

24-Sep-2021 Intellasia | Kyodo | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Japanese Foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Wednesday he and his counterparts from the United States and South Korea agreed to further strengthen cooperation to rid North Korea of its nuclear and missile programme.

During talks in New York held on the fringes of the UN general Assembly sessions, the three pledged to work closely toward complete denuclearisation of North Korea by boosting diplomatic efforts, ensuring the implementation of UN resolutions barring Pyongyang from developing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, and enhancing 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 test-fired two ballistic missiles that fell within Japan’s exclusive economic zone on September 15.

Calling the ministerial meeting a “very timely opportunity of exchanging views,” Motegi told reporters, “I said recent North Korean nuclear and missile 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 continued consultation and cooperation” with Japan and South Korea in working toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, according to State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

The three last met in person in May on the sidelines of the Group of Seven foreign ministerial 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 on these areas as well, Motegi said.

The discussion also covered issues such as securing supply chains, said the State Department spokesperson.

The US administration of President Joe Biden has been emphasising the importance of cooperation between the three nations despite the strained relationship between Japan and South Korea over wartime history and other disputes.

Ahead of the trilateral session, Motegi and Blinken also held bilateral talks and agreed to deepen the alliance further toward the goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific region through 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.



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