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Gist of Japan-ROK, Japan-U.S.-ROK defense ministers’ meetings

  • November 18, 2019
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

[The following is the gist of the meeting held by the Japanese and ROK defense ministers in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 17.]

 

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono: The extremely difficult situation continues even between the two countries’ defense authorities. Japan has called on South Korea for a wise response with regard to its decision to terminate the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).

 

South Korean National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo: Our decision to terminate GSOMIA was an unavoidable choice as Japan has tightened controls [on Korea-bound shipments.]

 

Kono: It is regrettable that a South Korean naval destroyer used fire-control radar to light up a Self-Defense Forces patrol plane last December.  

 

Jeong: We did not use the radar. The problem is that the SDF plane flew too close to our naval vessel.

 

Kono, Jeong: We confirm that it is of critical importance for Japan and South Korea, as well as Japan, the U.S. and South Korea, to work closely in dealing with North Korea. We agree to continue communications between our defense authorities.

 

[The following is the gist of the meeting held by the Japanese, U.S. and ROK defense ministers in Bangkok, Thailand on Nov. 17.]

 

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper: Close cooperation between the three countries is indispensable. We must overcome bilateral issues that can benefit North Korea and China.

 

Jeong: The security cooperation between Japan, the U.S. and South Korea is facing large and small difficulties due to historical, political and economic issues that lie between Japan and South Korea.

 

Kono: (South Korea) needs to act based on the recognition that cooperation between Japan, the U.S. and South Korea is important.

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