The foreign ministers of South Korea, the United States, and Japan, who are visiting Bali, Indonesia to attend the meeting of foreign ministers of the G20, met on the afternoon of the 8th to discuss ways to respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.
This is the first in five months since the South Korea-US-Japan foreign ministers meeting was held in Hawaii in February, and the first since the inauguration of the Yun Seok-yeol government and the inauguration of Foreign Minister Park Jin. Also, it has been about a week since the Korea-US-Japan summit held in Madrid on the occasion of the NATO summit on the 29th of last month.
Minister Park met with reporters after the meeting and said, “This event was prepared for the purpose of discussing specific cooperative measures to continue the momentum of cooperation formed at the trilateral summit.” “We have decided to respond decisively with one voice and closely cooperate on measures to resume dialogue on denuclearization,” he said.
They are reported to have discussed sanctions measures to be pursued at the UN Security Council and independent level if North Korea proceeds with additional provocations, such as its seventh nuclear test. The issue of independent sanctions is expected to materialize during the visit of U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to South Korea from the 19th to the 20th of this month.
At the meeting, the three ministers agreed to share basic values such as liberal democracy and human rights and respond together in the face of the emergence of new regional and global challenges. They also agreed to continue exploring future-oriented cooperation to promote peace, security and prosperity in the region. Minister Park cited supply chain, pandemic response, and climate change as new regional and global challenges for the 21st century.
Meanwhile, the meeting took place shortly after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed during an election campaign. The ministers of the three countries took their seats with a firm expression and continued the meeting in a solemn atmosphere.
“The South Korean government strongly condemns this shooting as an unacceptable and violent crime under any circumstances,” Park said, referring to President Yoon Seok-yeol’s deep condolences to the bereaved family of former Prime Minister Abe and the Japanese people.
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