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

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, and Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Park Jin met today on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City to reaffirm their commitment to a strong trilateral. cooperation as we seek to address the urgent challenges of the 21st century. The United States’ strong alliance commitments to the Republic of Korea and Japan and our close and enduring friendships are critical to the security and prosperity of our citizens, the region, and the world.

The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers stressed the importance of working together to address the DPRK’s destabilizing behavior and further our shared goal of achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. They condemned the DPRK’s numerous ballistic missile launches this year, each of which violated multiple UN Security Council resolutions and posed a serious threat to the region. They reaffirmed that a DPRK nuclear test would be met with a strong and resolute response from the international community. They also expressed serious concern over the DPRK’s messages of escalation and destabilization related to the use of nuclear weapons, including the adoption of a new law on nuclear policy. Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the firm commitments of the United States to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan. The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers urged the DPRK to fulfill its obligations under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and called for their full implementation by the international community. They stressed the importance of serious and sustained dialogue and urged the DPRK to return to negotiations. To this end, Secretary Blinken and Minister Hayashi expressed their support for the ROK’s “Bold Initiative” goal. They also reaffirmed the importance of achieving an immediate solution to the kidnapping issue.

The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers also affirmed a shared commitment to support the needs and priorities of our Pacific Island partners. These nations are on the front lines of a changing climate that threatens their agricultural and food stability, freshwater availability, and economic viability. Guided by a unified vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive, the Secretary and the Foreign Ministers committed to exploring ways to coordinate and build on each other’s efforts to support the accession of the Island countries. of the Pacific to financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation. and forecast. They also reaffirmed their support for the efforts of the Pacific Island countries to improve maritime security and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The Secretary and Foreign Ministers reaffirmed support for the unity and centrality of ASEAN and support for the ASEAN Indo-Pacific Outlook. They underscored the need to strengthen engagement with ASEAN and within the ASEAN-led architecture to maintain a peaceful and stable region. The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers reiterated their support for ASEAN’s efforts to resolve the crisis in Myanmar on the basis of the Five Point Consensus.

The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers emphasized the importance of trilateral cooperation to strengthen the rules-based economic order and promote prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world. In particular, they noted the need to stand united in the face of economic coercion and pledged to work together to deter and respond to such actions. More broadly, they pledged to work together to uphold the international order in which countries can choose their own path, free from undue pressure.

Finally, the Secretary and the Foreign Ministers condemned Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine and expressed their unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. They stressed that they will oppose any attempt to change the status quo of territories and areas by force or coercion anywhere in the world. They reaffirmed the need to join the international community in resolutely responding to this clear violation of international law and to provide assistance to the Ukrainian government and its people.

The Secretary and the Foreign Ministers looked forward to regular trilateral coordination toward a secure and prosperous future. To that end, they pledged to continue regular trilateral ministerial consultations and request their deputies, as well as their Special Representatives for the DPRK, to continue their close collaboration.

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