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Senior U.S., Japanese, ROK officials confirm close cooperation on DPRK denuclearization

Yomiuri reported online that U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo, and South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun held a meeting in Tokyo this morning. It was the first time for the three nations to hold a vice-ministerial meeting since October 2017. The paper wrote that the three officials confirmed close cooperation between their nations toward achieving the complete denuclearization of the DPRK. They also agreed to cooperate in resolving the abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea. The U.S., Japanese, and South Korean officials discussed China’s unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the South and East China Seas as well as the situation in Taiwan.

 

The paper wrote that at a post-meeting joint news conference, Deputy Secretary Sherman stressed that trilateral cooperation between the United States, Japan, and South Korea is critically important in achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Vice Minister Mori reportedly expressed hope to promote trilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues. Quoting South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choi as saying that it is necessary to promote dialogue and engagement with North Korea, the paper wrote that Choi expressed Seoul’s positive stance on dialogue with Pyongyang.

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