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February 22, 2024
(Photo: From left to right) Hon. Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the USA, Foreign Minister Kamikawa, and H.E. Mr. Cho Tae-yul, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the ROK
Foreign Minister Kamikawa makes remarks at the Japan-U.S.-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting
(Photo) Japan-U.S.-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting

On February 22, commencing at 1:15 p.m. (local time, on February 23, 1:15 a.m. Japan time) for approximately 60 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, 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. Cho Tae-yul, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, while visiting Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) for the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. The three Ministers first welcomed the recent advancement of trilateral cooperation, and reviewed the progress of cooperation projects agreed at the Japan-U.S.-ROK Summit held in Camp David, the U.S. last August. They concurred to accelerate the momentum of the trilateral cooperation.
  2. The three Ministers discussed North Korea’s advancement of its nuclear and missile activities, and reaffirmed that they would continue to work closely, taking advantage of the three countries being members of the United Nations Security Council this year, towards the complete denuclearization of North Korea in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions, through such measures as the enhancement of regional deterrence and response capabilities including trilateral security cooperation, responses at the UNSC, and international cooperation with like-minded countries. Foreign Minister Kamikawa also expressed her appreciation for continued support from Secretary Blinken and Minister Cho on the abductions issue.
  3. Furthermore, given the strategic importance of trilateral cooperation, the three Ministers exchanged their views on regional situations including Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force, and the situation in the Middle East.
  4. The three Ministers concurred to further advance the collaboration among Japan, the U.S. and the ROK in a multi-layered and sustained manner.

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