Trilateral Indo-Pacific Dialogue Condemns North Korea and China’s Actions

WASHINGTON - In a significant development during the inaugural Trilateral Indo-Pacific Dialogue, South Korea, the United States, and Japan collectively condemned North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and also highlighted China's "unlawful" territorial claims in the South China Sea. This joint statement was released following the meeting that took place in Washington this past Friday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the meeting was a result of an agreement reached at the Camp David summit in August of the previous year, involving South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The dialogue was led by South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Chung Byung-won, alongside his U.S. and Japanese counterparts, Daniel Kritenbrink and Yasuhiro Kobe.

The statement emphasized the condemnation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) continuous advancement of its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs, its growing military cooperation with Russia, and severe human rights violations. Furthermore, the dialogue participants recalled their stance on China's "recent dangerous and escalatory behavior" in unlawfully claiming maritime territories in the South China Sea.

The countries involved in the dialogue strongly reiterated their commitment to international law, including the principles of freedom of navigation and overflight as outlined in the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. They collectively opposed any unilateral actions aimed at altering the status quo through force or coercion in the Indo-Pacific waters.

The dialogue also addressed the Taiwan issue, reaffirming the critical importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait for global security and prosperity. In light of the rising threats posed by foreign information manipulation, the representatives discussed strategies to effectively counter these threats while upholding the principle of freedom of expression.

The meeting’s focus extended to the individual Indo-Pacific approaches of each country and explored opportunities for cooperation, particularly with Southeast Asian and Pacific Island nations.

Describing the Trilateral Indo-Pacific Dialogue as a new chapter in the partnership of the three countries, the statement recognized it as a significant step in strengthening and closely aligning their global policies. The representatives confirmed their intention to hold this trilateral dialogue annually.

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