Japan-North Korea Relations

July 8, 2022
Photo session before Japan-U.S.-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting
(Photo) Japan-U.S.-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting

On July 8, commencing at 6:00 p.m. (local time, same day, 7:00 p.m. Japan time) for approximately 45 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, visiting Bali, Indonesia for the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting, held a Japan-U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with the Honorable Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America, and His Excellency Mr. Park Jin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. The overview of the meeting is as follows. At the outset, Secretary Blinken and Minister Park expressed their sincere condolences on the shooting incident of former Prime Minister Abe.

  1. At the meeting, based on the outcome of the Japan-U.S.-ROK Trilateral Summit Meeting on June 29, the three Ministers aligned their views on how to respond to further provocations by North Korea including another nuclear test, and on future measures toward the complete denuclearization of North Korea.
  2. The three Ministers concurred to strengthen the deterrence capabilities of the Japan-U.S. and U.S.-ROK alliances and to promote security cooperation among Japan, the U.S. and the ROK. They also agreed to ensure the full implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and to continue to work together on responses at the UN. They also shared a recognition that the diplomatic efforts are important, and they affirmed that Japan, the U.S. and the ROK would coordinate even more closely in this regard.
  3. Foreign Minister Hayashi also asked for continued understanding and cooperation from the two Ministers on the abductions issue, and obtained their support.
  4. The three Ministers also exchanged views on regional situations, which included the discussions on China and situation around Ukraine, and efforts to realize a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, given the strategic importance of cooperation among Japan, the U.S. and the ROK. In addition, they discussed global issues such supply chain resilience and global health.
  5. The three Ministers concurred to further enhance the collaboration among Japan, the U.S. and the ROK at multiple levels.

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