The next day after China “flames of war on the Korean Peninsula”… Joint Statement on “Security Cooperation” between the ROK, the U.S. and Japan

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Kim Jong-un shows ‘rifle demonstration’ ahead of military parade A video showing the preparations for the North Korean military parade on the 25th of last month, released on the 27th by Chosun Central TV. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (second from right) holds a rifle and demonstrates in front of soldiers. Chosun Central TV Capture

In a joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of South Korea, the United States, and Japan the day after the UN Security Council’s adoption of the UN Security Council’s resolution on sanctions against North Korea was canceled due to opposition from China and Russia, emphasizing military exercises between the US and Japan to deter North Korea, “(Korea, US, Japan) three countries Advances in security cooperation between the two countries.”

Foreign Minister Park Jin, U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blincoln, and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi expressed regret over the failure of the Security Council to adopt a resolution on sanctions against North Korea in a joint statement on the 27th (local time). After China hinted at a military response at the Security Council, saying, “If the United States tries to spread the flames of war on the Korean Peninsula, we will make a decision.” Military cooperation between the US and Japan is one of the most sensitive issues for China.

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South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will continue their close moves next month, such as meeting the defense ministers, vice ministers of foreign affairs, and North Korea’s chief nuclear representative. At the end of next month, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, which is expected to be attended by President Yoon Seok-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, is likely to be attended by the leaders of South Korea, the United States and Japan.

○ The day after the threat of “fire of war” in China, “security cooperation” between South Korea and Japan

“In response to North Korea’s illegal and destabilizing behavior, South Korea, the US, and Japan have conducted exercises,” the three ministers said in a statement. “It shows the importance of further strengthening the US-Japan alliance,” he said. In particular, he emphasized that “the United States has reaffirmed its firm defense commitments to South Korea and Japan, including extended deterrence,” and said, “We have a will to advance trilateral security cooperation.”

The foreign ministers of South Korea, the United States and Japan issued a joint statement in February for the first time in five years. However, this time, without a separate meeting, an unprecedented joint statement was issued immediately, further emphasizing the will to strengthen security cooperation between South Korea, the US and Japan.

“Despite the support of the 13 members of the Security Council, we express our deep regret that the UN Security Council has failed to adopt a resolution responding to North Korea’s blatant and repeated violations of the Security Council resolutions,” the three ministers said, targeting China and Russia. “South Korea, the United States and Japan strongly condemn North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches,” it said.

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The U.S. Department of Defense also emphasized that South Korea, the U.S., and Japan have taken military responses one after another in response to North Korea’s ballistic missile test launch. Defense Ministry spokesman John Kirby said at a regular briefing on the same day that the recent joint South Korea-U.S.-Japan joint exercise “is a sign of a healthy, strong and vibrant alliance.” “We trained together very quickly and this is not by chance. This is thanks to good alliance management, prior knowledge and familiarity with the armed forces of other countries, as well as continuous training and operations,” he said. said

On the 3rd of next month, the top three North Korean nuclear representatives from South Korea, the US and Japan will meet in Seoul. In the second week of next month, we are considering discussions with the foreign ministers of the Republic of Korea, the United States and Japan. Kyodo News reported on the 29th that the defense ministers of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan are being coordinated to hold a summit at the Asian Security Conference (Shangri-La Dialogue) to be held in Singapore from the 10th to the 12th of next month.

○ UN requests China-Russia to explain reasons for opposing sanctions against North Korea next month

The United Nations will hold a plenary session on the 8th of next month to discuss the issue of China and Russia vetoing a resolution on additional sanctions against North Korea in the Security Council. At the end of last month, the United Nations adopted a resolution to convene a general meeting to discuss the issue within ten working days if a permanent member of the Security Council exercises its veto power. The general meeting on the 8th is the first general meeting to be held according to this resolution. China and Russia must explain why they oppose the sanctions resolution. The US Treasury Department included Russia (two banks) as well as North Korea in the list of sanctions on the 27th after the Security Council sanctions failed.

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China’s opposition is also growing stronger. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry on the 29th, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, “We will never back down from blackmail and intimidation.” Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also countered on the 28th (local time) saying, “The policy of intensifying pressure with sanctions against North Korea has reached its limit.”

New York = Correspondent Yoo Jae-dong jarrett@donga.com
Beijing = Correspondent Kim Ki-yong kky@donga.com
By Choi Ji-seon, staff reporter aurinko@donga.com

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