March 16 (UPI) — The United States and Japan addressed North Korea‘s army menace and reaffirmed the protection of the disputed Senkaku Islands throughout a joint “2+2” meeting of high diplomats and army chiefs in Tokyo.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of State Lloyd Austin “reaffirmed their dedication to the entire denuclearization of North Korea” with Japanese counterparts Tuesday and referred to as on Pyongyang to adjust to United Nations Security Council resolutions, the State Department stated.
Blinken and Austin, who’re anticipated to journey to South Korea on Wednesday, additionally affirmed with Tokyo working with Seoul is important to regional safety.
“Trilateral cooperation among the many United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea is vital for our shared safety, peace, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific area,” the State Department stated.
The Biden Cabinet members’ go to to Japan got here the identical day North Korean official Kim Yo Jong warned the United States in opposition to frightening Pyongyang. In Tokyo, Blinken stated U.S. coverage on North Korea is “below evaluation.”
“We’re whether or not varied further strain measures may very well be efficient, whether or not there are diplomatic paths that make sense, all of that’s below evaluation,” the highest U.S. diplomat stated, according to South Korean information company Yonhap.
“Going ahead, we’ve a shared dedication to take care of the problem posed by North Korea, significantly in relation to its nuclear missile packages, in addition to, after all, its abuse of human rights.”
U.S. and Japanese officers additionally criticized China’s new coast guard regulation that may permit Chinese patrol boats to make use of firearms in Chinese-claimed waters. The United States assured “unwavering dedication” on the protection of the Japan-claimed Senkaku Islands, Kyodo News reported.
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi stated the U.S. and Japanese militaries have been exercising close to the Senkakus.
“We wish to proceed constructing on these drills,” Kishi stated.