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U.S., S. Korea agree on importance of 3-way cooperation with Japan

  • December 2, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 3:15 p.m.
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SEOUL — South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin agreed Thursday on the importance of three-way security cooperation with Japan to cope with nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea.

 

Suh told reporters after their meeting in the South Korean capital Seoul that the two defense chiefs saw the need for “diplomacy and dialogue based on existing promises between South and North Korea, and between the United States and North Korea to attain permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

 

The annual bilateral security talks were the first to be held under the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden and the last under the administration of South Korean President Moon Jae In, whose tenure as president ends in May.

 

After arriving in South Korea on Wednesday, Austin discussed peninsula affairs and other issues with National Security Director Suh Hoon from Moon’s office.

 

The South Korean national security director is set to meet with Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, in Tianjin, China, on Thursday.

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