(2nd LD) Yun emphasizes the importance of Japan-Korea cooperation in the threat of NK

(ATTN: Updated by the result of the meeting from the 10th para; ADDS photo)
By Lee Haye-ah

Madrid, June 29 (Yonhap News Agency)-President Yoon Suk-yul said Wednesday between South Korea, the United States and Japan in the face of rising North Korean nuclear threats and rising global instability. He said that cooperation between the two countries is becoming more and more important.

Yun spoke at the beginning of a trilateral meeting between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, beside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Madrid.

“As the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles becomes more sophisticated and the instability of international affairs increases, cooperation between South Korea, the United States and Japan becomes even more important,” he said.

“Through this meeting, we look forward to the cooperation of South Korea, the United States and Japan establishing itself as an important central axis of world peace and stability,” he added.

Biden said in his opening remarks that trilateral cooperation is important to achieve the common objectives of the three countries, including the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

He also said there were ongoing concerns about the possibility of a nuclear test by North Korea.

This was the first meeting in about five years since the last meeting held at the end of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2017.

South Korea and Japan have seen their relationship deteriorate in recent years due to the protracted line over historical issues resulting from Japan’s 1910-45 Korean Peninsula colonial rule.

Washington has sought to encourage trilateral cooperation in the face of North Korea’s nuclear threat and increasing security and economic challenges from China.

“President Yin urged North Korea to continue close cooperation with South Korea, the United States, and Japan to return to the dialogue, following the principle of North Korea’s provocation,” Cheong Wa Dae said after the meeting.

Yun also emphasized that North Korea’s nuclear issue is a common issue for the three countries in need of urgent action.

The three leaders agreed that the continued progress of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs poses a serious threat not only to the Korean Peninsula, but also to the region and the world.

They agreed to strengthen US extended deterrence commitments to allies and hold close discussions on ways to raise the level of trilateral security cooperation to respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

In addition, the three leaders shared the understanding that cooperation between their own countries is important in addressing current regional and global issues-the basics of liberal democracy, human rights and the rule of law. As a country that shares its value-Presidential Palace said. (2nd LD) Yun emphasizes the importance of Japan-Korea cooperation in the threat of NK

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