Following President Obama’s March 25 meeting in The Hague with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye, representatives of the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea met April 7 to coordinate on a wide range of issues related to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Shown above at the meeting are Junichi Ihara, the director general for Asian and Oceanian affairs at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Glyn Davies, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy; and Hwang Joon-kook, the Republic of Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs.
In an April 7 press release, the U.S. State Department said the three countries:
• Restated their commitment to the September 19, 2005, Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks and its core goal of peacefully removing nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.
• Reaffirmed the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous condemnation of the DPRK’s recent ballistic missile launches as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions 1718, 1874, 2087 and 2094.
• Reiterated their commitment to the full and transparent implementation of all U.N. Security Council resolutions concerning the DPRK and urged the DPRK to refrain from further threatening actions.
• Pledged to continue working closely with each other and with their allies and partners in the international community to focus international attention on the human rights situation in North Korea, and to hold the DPRK accountable for its systematic and ongoing violations of the human rights of its people.
• Agreed on the importance of improvements in inter-Korean relations and a resolution of the abductions issue.
• Committed to close, continued bilateral and trilateral coordination, as well as consultation with China, Russia and other key partners on relevant issues concerning the DPRK.