March 18 (UPI) — The United States and South Korea concluded their first “2+2” cabinet-level assembly because the Obama administration with a joint statement.
The doc issued Thursday talked about North Korea‘s weapons however didn’t deal with a dedication to North Korea denuclearization.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued the statement with their respective South Korean counterparts, the identical day North Korea’s international ministry criticized the U.S. coverage of denuclearization, South Korean information service MoneyToday reported.
“The Ministers and Secretaries emphasised that North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile points are a precedence for the Alliance and reaffirmed a shared dedication to deal with and resolve these points,” the joint statement learn.
“They affirmed the significance of full implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions by the worldwide neighborhood, together with North Korea.”
In Japan, the place Blinken and Austin held an analogous ministerial-level assembly, the 2 sides “reaffirmed their dedication to the entire denuclearization of North Korea.”
Blinken beforehand had stated China poses the best safety problem in the area. The U.S.-South Korea statement made no point out of China.
South Korea is just not a member of the U.S.-led Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, however forward of the U.S. go to there was hypothesis the nation might be a part of Japan, Australia and India in the partnership.
Chung informed reporters Thursday there was no dialogue of South Korea becoming a member of the Quad. Seoul’s New Southern Policy on Southeast Asia could possibly be coordinated with the United States’ technique on the Indo-Pacific, nevertheless, Chung stated. In Seoul, Blinken had talked about the Quad in reference to varied methods the 2 sides might work collectively, in response to KBS.
The United States and South Korea finalized the bilateral Special Measures Agreement for protection price sharing on the peninsula. Under the brand new deal South Korea is to pay about $1.05 billion yearly for 28,500 U.S. troops till 2025.