The United States, Japan and South Korea have promised “concerted trilateral cooperation” toward denuclearization of North Korea.
Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, held a rare in-person meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts Suh Hoon and Shigeru Kitamura at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
They said in a joint statement that they “shared their concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs” and that they “agreed on the imperative for the full implementation of the relevant UN security council resolutions by the international community. , including North Korea, preventing proliferation and cooperating. ” to strengthen deterrence and maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. “
Addressing other key priorities for Biden, security officials also discussed the struggles against Covid-19 and climate change, and ways to restore democracy in Myanmar.
The meeting came as the Biden administration’s review of how to deal with North Korea was in its final stages, following Donald Trump’s unusually personal diplomacy with strongman Kim Jong-un.
The former president held three meetings with Kim, with whom Trump said he “fell in love”, in a diplomatic overture that eased tensions but did not lead to a permanent agreement.
Biden has harshly criticized Trump’s meetings, saying he legitimized one of the world’s most ruthless leaders, but has also said he is open to diplomacy.
Officials in the Biden administration are expected to support the resumption of low-level talks rather than high-level, dramatic summits.
Biden also warned North Korea of the consequences of violations of UN security council resolutions after Pyongyang recently tested what US officials deemed ballistic missiles.
A US official said Sullivan was also speaking with Japan and South Korea about global semiconductor shortages, as supply chains have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The lack of semiconductors has forced some automakers to cut back on production and it appears to be spreading to a wide range of electronics.
The Annapolis talks mark rare face-to-face diplomacy for the Biden administration amid the pandemic and Sullivan’s first trilateral since taking office.