US and South Korean diplomats, who met under the hosting of Japan, discussed the issue of “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and negotiations with North Korea”.
The trilateral summit was attended by Takehiro Funakoshi, Director-General of Asian and Oceania Affairs at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sung Kim, the Special Representative of US President Joe Biden to North Korea, and Noh Kyu Duk, South Korea’s Special Envoy for Peace and Security Affairs in the Korean Peninsula.
At the summit, the representatives of the three countries agreed to pursue close cooperation towards the goal of “complete denuclearization” of North Korea, in line with the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions to prevent the production of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.
According to the Yonhap agency, Sung Kim stated that the United States is ready to deal with North Korea’s humanitarian issues “regardless of its progress towards denuclearization.”
“The United States supports the delivery of humanitarian aid to North Korea as part of the access and monitoring of the most vulnerable North Koreans, in line with international standard,” Sung said. said.
Reiterating that they are ready to meet with North Korea “without preconditions”, Sung also reminded the “responsibility” of the USA for the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions.
Referring to the course of negotiations with the Pyongyang administration, Sung Kim said, “I hope North Korea will respond positively to our versatile offers to negotiate unconditionally.” used the phrase.
Stating that the United States continues to reach Pyongyang to discover its diplomatic potential and reopen the dialogue, Sung said, “Our goal is clear. We do not have hostile intentions towards North Korea and we are ready to meet with them without preconditions.” he said.
Drawing attention to the regional threat posed by North Korea’s missile tests, Sung said, “Our commitments to the security of Japan and South Korea are strong. Recent developments show the importance of close communication and cooperation between allies.” made its assessment.
“We hope North Korea responds”
Noh Kyu Duk also drew attention to the possibility of providing humanitarian aid to North Korea through international organizations, including new types of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, as part of combating epidemics.
Stating that South Korea and the United States have made “quite progress” in the negotiations on possible humanitarian aid to North Korea, Noh said, “South Korea and the United States will proceed in this way and will find constructive methods for starting a dialogue with North Korea. We hope that North Korea aims at dialogue. responds to our joint efforts.” shared his opinion.
According to the Kyodo agency, Takehiro Funakoshi added, “Our cooperation becomes more important as North Korea furthers its nuclear scope and missile development.” spoke his words.
On the other hand, at the summit, it was noted that South Korea and the USA announced their support for Japan regarding the issue of Japanese citizens detained by North Korea.
The Biden administration announced its policy assessment towards North Korea at the end of April, which it described as “measured and useful diplomacy” and aimed at increasing the security of the United States and its allies.
The tripartite summit, which brought together high-level officials, was held in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, in June, upon the call of the US President Joe Biden administration.