Japan Ministry of Defense


 
Minister Kim, Secretary Gates, and Minister Kitazawa shaking hands
No.19 NOVEMBER 2010

Minister Kim, Secretary Gates, and Minister Kitazawa shaking hands

Japan–Republic of Korea–United States Defense Leaders Hold a Trilateral Meeting

On June 5, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa,ROK Minister of National Defense Kim, Tae Young and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates held a trilateral meeting in Singapore.

The three defense leaders expressed their firm support for ROK 's efforts after the sinking of the ROK naval patrol vessel, and strongly condemned North Korea. They also confirmed the intention to study possible cooperation in areas such as information-sharing and PSI, and agreed that it was necessary to send a message that the three countries would cooperate to deal with against North Korea.

Regarding humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and peacekeeping activities, the leaders agreed to further promotie cooperation on joint exercise for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in light of the fact that each country had dispatched troops for reconstruction support after the earthquake in Haiti and the opportunities for the three countries to work together were increasing in the areas such as PKOs.

To enhance defense cooperation among the three countries, the ministers and the secretary agreed to consider holding Defense Trilateral Talks on regular basis.


On June 5, Defense Minister Kitazawa, visited Singapore to attend at the 9th IISS Asia Security Summit, held bilateral meetings with Defense Ministers from ROK, Singapore and U.K.

Japan–Korea Defense Ministerial Meeting
(with ROK Minister of National Defense, Kim Tae-Young)

Cooperation following the incident of the sinking of ROK naval patrol vessel

Attendees at the meeting
Attendees at the meeting

Defense Minister Kitazawa conveyed his gratitude to Minister Kim for the explanation on the investigation results, and expressed his respect for that the investigation was conducted in a scientific and objective manner. And Minister Kitazawa expressed that North Korea' s action was not acceptable, and should be condemned in the international community and pledged strong support for the Republic of Korea. Going forward, two ministers confirmed that all related countries including the two countries and the United States would closely continue cooperating to deal with issues of North Korea.

Japan–Korea defense cooperation and exchange

Minister Kim pointed out that there have been increasing opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in various areas, such as PKO operation in Haiti and anti-piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia, and expressed that the cooperation be further deepened. The ministers agreed to hold close exchanges of opinions on common security issues such as nuclear and missile issues of North Korea, the modernization of Chinese military and to take more specific steps for security and defense cooperation.

Japan–Singapore Defense Ministerial Meeting
(with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Teo Chee Hean)

Japan–Singapore defense cooperation and exchange

The two ministers in talks, together with other attendees
The two ministers in talks, together with other attendees

Defense Minister Kitazawa praised Singapore's efforts in hosting the annual Shangri-La Dialogue which contributed to mutual understanding and promoting information sharing on security issues. The two ministers concurred to continue promoting defense cooperation and exchanges. Defence Minister Teo, as one of the participating countries in the anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, mentioned cooperation between the Maritime Self-Defense Force and other participating countries.

Regional situation

Defense Minister Kitazawa expressed his appreciation for ASEAN' s efforts in establishing the ADMM-Plus, and conveyed his hopes that this framework would serve as the core for security cooperation in the region.

Japan–UK Defense Ministerial Meeting
(with UK Secretary of State for Defence, the Right Honourable Liam Fox MP)

Japan-UK defense cooperation and exchange

Attendees at the meeting
Attendees at the meeting

Defense Minister and Secretary of State for Defence confirmed that defense cooperation and exchanges between Japan and the UK have been developing steadily , based on the memorandum on bilateral defense cooperation in 2004 and a joint statement in 2007. Defense Minister and Secretary of State for Defence reaffirmed that meaningful exchanges were taking place at each level on issues such as defense policies, the regional situation, piracy, and measures against terrorism. The leaders agreed to continue promoting on defense cooperation even after change of government in Japan.

Regional situation

Minister Kitazawa shaking hands with Secretary Fox
Minister Kitazawa shaking hands with Secretary Fox

Defense Minister Kitazawa explained that activities by the Chinese Navy were increasing in the East China Sea and the Pacific, and mentioned the incident in which a helicopter from Chinese navy vessel flew near a Maritime Self-Defense Force's vessel. Regarding North Korea, Defense Minister Kitazawa expressed concerns on the development of nuclear and ballistic missiles. Defense Minister and Secretary of State for Defence confirmed to continue exchanging their views on the sinking of the ROK naval patrol vessel and cooperating further from now on.