Japan-U.S.-ROK Trilateral Working-level Meeting on North Korean Issues and other talks (Overview)

December 5, 2012

 On December 4 (local time), a trilateral working-level meeting on North Korean issues was held among Japan, the United States, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Washington, D.C., hosted by the U.S. The overview of the meeting is the following. (The Japanese side was represented by Mr. Shinsuke Sugiyama, Director-General, Asian and Oceanian Bureau; the U.S. side by Ambassador Glyn Davies, Special Representative for North Korea Policy (chairperson); and the ROK side by Ambassador Lim Sung-nam, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs. The previous meeting was held on October 17, 2012, in Tokyo.)

 Prior to the meeting, individual bilateral talks were held with the U.S. officials (Dr. Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador Glyn Davies, and others), which also contains the same discussion as below.

  1.  Japan, the U.S., and the ROK expressed strong concern over North Korea’s movement toward the launch of a missile which it calls a “satellite.” The three sides reaffirmed that should North Korea proceed with the launch, it would be a clear violation of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) and the Joint Statements of the Six Party Talks, and it would be also inconsistent with the Presidential Statement of the UN Security Council issued following the last missile launch in April, 2012.
  2.  The three sides concurred that they would closely coordinate their policy among them, and strongly urge North Korea, through cooperating with China and Russia, to exercise restraint on the missile launch and to comply with the Joint Statements of the Six Party Talks and the relevant UNSCRs.
  3.  The three sides confirmed that should North Korea proceed with the launch despite the international community’s calls for restraint, it would be necessary for the international community to take decisive actions in light of the Presidential Statement of the UN Security Council of April, 2012.
  4.  Referring to the overview of the Japan-North Korea Government-level Consultations held on November 15 and 16, Japan stated that, in light of the overall situation, Japan notified the North Korean side of the postponement of the second round of the consultations scheduled on December 5 and 6. Japan also requested the continued cooperation of the U.S. and the ROK on matters including the abductions issue, and received their understanding and support.