S. Korea, U.S., and Japan Condemn North Korea’s Rocket Launch in Joint Diplomatic Call

WASHINGTON – In a significant trilateral call on Friday, the top diplomats of South Korea, the United States, and Japan collectively condemned North Korea's recent space rocket launch, labeling it as destabilizing for the region. This call, as reported by the State Department, reflects the ongoing concerns of these nations regarding North Korea's missile activities.

According to Yonhap News Agency, spokesperson for the State Department, South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa held a discussion focused on North Korea's launch on Tuesday, which Pyongyang claims was for putting a reconnaissance satellite into orbit. The three countries view this launch as a breach of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions that prohibit any tests involving ballistic missile technology.

Miller's readout highlighted that Blinken and the foreign ministers vehemently condemned the launch due to its destabilizing impact on regional stability. The three diplomats also reaffirmed their commitment to continue close trilateral consultations, in line with the agreements reached at the Camp David summit in August. This summit, attended by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, resulted in landmark agreements, including a commitment to consult each other in case of common threats.

During the call, Park, Blinken, and Kamikawa emphasized the necessity for the international community, including all members of the U.N. Security Council, to unify in preventing North Korea's procurement activities and curtailing the revenue that supports its illegal weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.

Furthermore, Blinken reaffirmed America's "ironclad" defense commitments to both South Korea and Japan, underscoring the United States' determination to maintain regional security and stability.

This trilateral call signifies a concerted effort by South Korea, the United States, and Japan to address the challenges posed by North Korea's missile activities and to uphold international norms against such provocations.

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