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Foreign ministers of U.S., Japan, ROK confirm close cooperation on North Korea

NHK reported this morning that Foreign Minister Kishida met with Secretary Tillerson and ROK Foreign Minister Yun on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Bonn, Germany, on Thursday. According to the network, Kishida stressed at the meeting that the three nations should unite and lead the international community in taking a decisive stance against North Korea. The network said Secretary Tillerson reiterated the continued U.S. defense commitment to Japan and South Korea. The three ministers issued a joint statement in which they agreed to strongly urge North Korea to refrain from provocations and abide by the UNSC resolutions. They also agreed to boost security cooperation to respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats. Kishida was quoted as telling reporters: “[The joint statement] says that Japan, the United States, and South Korea will work closely for the security of the Asia-Pacific region. It was good timing to have the meeting right after North Korea’s ballistic missile launch.” The network said the three ministers also exchanged views on the murder of Kim Jong Nam.

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