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Readout of the Japan-U.S.-Republic of Korea Defense Trilateral Talks Video-Teleconference

September 10, 2016
Ministry of Defense

The original text is in Japanese.

◯ Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) held a Director-General-level video-teleconference to share information and coordinate policy among the three countries regarding the 5th North Korean nuclear test conducted on Friday, September 9, 2016.

◯ Satoshi Maeda, Director General for Defense Policy, the Japan Ministry of Defense, Kelly E. Magsamen, performing the duties of U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, and Yoo Jeh-seung, the ROK Deputy Minister of National Defense for Policy represented their respective countries.

◯ At this meeting, Japan, the United States and the ROK strongly condemned North Korea's nuclear test as a provocative action that destabilizes the region and threatens the peace and stability of the international community, and called on North Korea once again to abide by its international obligations and commitments.

◯ This second nuclear test this year is a clear violation of multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions, following an unprecedented campaign of ballistic missile launches, which are also forbidden under numerous United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

◯ All three countries emphasized that these provocations only serve to increase the international community's resolve to counter North Korea's prohibited activities, including through strengthening the implementation of existing UN Security Council sanctions and exploring new actions to impose additional consequences on North Korea.

◯ The United States reaffirmed its unwavering and ironclad alliance commitments to defend Japan and the ROK and emphasized that U.S. extended deterrence commitments are guaranteed by the full spectrum of U.S. military capabilities, including conventional, nuclear, and missile defense capabilities.

◯ The three countries agreed to work closely with one another, as well as with the international community, to address North Korea's actions.