US, Japan, and South Korea Unite Against Unilateral Indo-Pacific Changes and North Korean Missile Launches

US, Japan, and South Korea Unite Against Unilateral Indo-Pacific Changes and North Korean Missile Launches
US, Japan, and South Korea Unite Against Unilateral Indo-Pacific Changes and North Korean Missile Launches/X@UsSectraryzstate
US, Japan, and South Korea Unite Against Unilateral Indo-Pacific Changes and North Korean Missile Launches
US, Japan, and South Korea Unite Against Unilateral Indo-Pacific Changes and North Korean Missile Launches/X@UsSectraryzstate

US, Japan, and South Korea Unite Against Unilateral Indo-Pacific Changes and North Korean Missile Launches

US, Japan, and South Korea Unite Against Unilateral Indo-Pacific Changes and North Korean Missile Launches

US, Japan, and South Korea Unite Against Unilateral Indo-Pacific Changes and North Korean Missile Launches

Key Highlights:

  1. Joint Statement Against Unilateral Indo-Pacific Changes: The US, Japan, and South Korea strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to alter the status quo in the Indo-Pacific region.
  2. Condemnation of North Korea’s Missile Launches: The three nations condemned North Korea’s recent ballistic missile tests, describing them as reckless and a grave threat to regional stability.
  3. Strategic Coordination: The countries plan to establish a new coordinating body to align policies and respond to regional challenges effectively.

In a joint statement issued after a meeting in Little Washington, Virginia, US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, Japan’s Vice Foreign Minister Masataka Okano, and South Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Hong Kyun reaffirmed their strong opposition to unilateral changes in the Indo-Pacific and condemned North Korea’s recent missile launches. The meeting highlighted their commitment to close coordination on North Korean threats and other regional stability issues .

Opposition to Maritime Claims and Taiwan Stability:
The officials underscored the importance of opposing unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea and maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. They reiterated the need for a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues, emphasizing their unchanged basic positions on Taiwan .

North Korea’s Artillery Drill and Missile Launches:
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised an artillery drill targeting South Korea with “super-large multiple rocket” launchers, following a series of short-range ballistic missile tests into the Sea of Japan. This comes after an unsuccessful satellite rocket launch by Pyongyang. These actions have been met with strong criticism from the US, Japan, South Korea, and other allies, condemning North Korea’s persistent pursuit of nuclear and missile programs .

US Condemnation and Strategic Cooperation:
The United States condemned the missile launches on May 27 and 29, citing them as violations of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and threats to international peace and security. In parallel, the US and Japan have underscored the significance of their strategic global cooperation, reinforced during a dialogue initiated by President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Kishida in April .

Future Coordination:
To enhance policy alignment and address regional challenges, the three nations plan to establish a new coordinating body. This entity, potentially a secretariat, aims to further integrate their strategic responses to threats and maintain regional stability .

The joint efforts by the US, Japan, and South Korea reflect a consolidated stance against unilateral actions in the Indo-Pacific and underscore their commitment to addressing North Korea’s provocations through coordinated and strategic measures.

(Inputs from India’s ANI)

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