Sep 23, 2021 08:27 UTC
  • Top diplomats from South Korea, US, Japan hold talks on North Korea, other regional issues

Senior diplomats from the United States, South Korea, and Japan have met to discuss North Korea and other regional issues in the wake of a series of missile tests by Pyongyang.

The meeting held Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York was attended by South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the three reaffirmed their commitment to deal with various regional issues, such as the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as well as other global matters such as climate change.

"The secretary and the foreign ministers highlighted the global scope of US-Japan-ROK cooperation based upon our shared values, as well as our commitment to preserving and promoting regional peace, stability and prosperity," he said in a press briefing.

"The discussion included ways to deepen cooperation between our countries through multilateral efforts to tackle the pressing global challenges, such as combating the climate crisis and securing supply chains," he added.

He went on to say that Blinken has reaffirmed Washington's commitment to continued consultation and cooperation with its two allies toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The meeting came after North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast earlier this month and South Korea has successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) for the first time just hours after.