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U.S., Japan, ROK defense chiefs confirm close cooperation toward denuclearization

NHK and TBS reported at noon that the defense chiefs of the U.S., Japan, and the Republic of Korea held a trilateral meeting in Singapore this morning, during which they confirmed close cooperation to achieve North Korea’s denuclearization. Defense Minister Iwaya reportedly said at the meeting: “The defense authorities of Japan, the United States, and South Korea must work closely, support diplomatic authorities, and seek to complete the implementation of the UNSC resolutions.” According to the network, Secretary Mattis said the U.S. will continue to contribute toward the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and stressed that the monitoring activities being conducted with Japan are supporting diplomatic negotiations with North Korea. In addition, South Korean Minister of National Defense Jeong reportedly expressed hope to obtain cooperation from Japan and the U.S. in order to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and establish a peaceful regime.

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