Statement on the U.S.-Japan-ROK Trilateral Ministerial Meeting

The following is the joint statement issued by the United States Secretary of State and the Foreign Ministers of the Governments of Japan and the Republic of Korea.

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United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, and Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong met today in Honolulu, Hawaii to reaffirm the critical importance of strong trilateral cooperation between the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea. as we seek to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. America’s alliances with the Republic of Korea and Japan span decades, and our enduring friendship and shared values ​​guide us in our efforts to achieve a prosperous and secure future.

The 21st century has brought not only unprecedented new challenges, but also immense opportunities for our three countries to work together. Underscoring the importance of trilateral cooperation as we navigate an increasingly complicated world, the Secretary and Foreign Ministers pledged to expand cooperation and collaboration on a range of regional and global security priorities. safety and economy.

The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers stressed that their three countries share a common vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is inclusive, and share respect for the rules-based international order and are committed to further expand their cooperative relations. Foreign Ministers welcomed the Indo-Pacific Strategy recently released by the United States.

The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers condemned the DPRK’s recent ballistic missile launches and expressed deep concern over the destabilizing nature of these actions. They pledged to close trilateral cooperation to achieve complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. They called for the full implementation by the international community of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions relating to the DPRK and called on the DPRK to cease its illegal activities and engage in dialogue instead. The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers stressed that they have no hostile intentions towards the DPRK and stressed their continued openness to meeting with the DPRK without preconditions. The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers reaffirmed that U.S.-Japan and U.S.-Korea alliances are essential to maintaining peace and stability in the region. In this context, they pledged to advance trilateral security cooperation. They welcomed the frequent trilateral discussions between the respective special representatives for the DPRK. The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers discussed the importance of reuniting separated Korean families and the speedy resolution of the abduction issue.

The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers discussed the reinforcement of the Russian military along Ukraine’s borders and shared unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They pledged to work closely together to deter further Russian escalation.

Noting their shared concern about activities that undermine the rules-based international order, the Secretary and the Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their desire for a peaceful and stable region that would allow all countries to reach their potential. They expressed their firm opposition to any unilateral action aimed at changing the status quo and increasing tensions in the region. The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers reiterated their governments’ longstanding support for international law, stressing in particular the importance of respect for international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. stressed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their support for the unity and centrality of ASEAN, which is currently chaired by Cambodia, as well as for ASEAN’s efforts to resolve the crisis in Myanmar. They also condemned the violence committed by the Myanmar regime against the people of Myanmar and pledged to intensify efforts for the immediate cessation of all violence, the release of those arbitrarily detained and the return fast on the road to inclusive democracy.

The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers stressed the importance of trilateral cooperation to strengthen the rules-based economic order and ensure prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world. They discussed common approaches to addressing priorities, including the climate crisis; critical supply chains; gender equality and empowerment; development finance; and global health security, including efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent the next one. They stressed the importance of collaboration to strengthen information security and cybersecurity, as well as to improve economic security, in particular by promoting the innovation of critical and emerging technologies based on democratic values ​​and respect for human rights. universal human rights.

Reaffirming their commitment to U.S.-Korea-Japan trilateral cooperation based on our shared values ​​and desire for regional peace, stability, and prosperity, the Secretary and the Foreign Ministers pledged to continue regular trilateral ministerial consultations.

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