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Japan, U.S. and South Korea stand firm amid Taiwan tension

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Top diplomats from Japan, the United States and South Korea on Thursday showed their resolve to oppose attempts to change the territorial status quo by force as China ramps up its assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region. . Respond decisively to any nuclear test by North Korea.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and South Korea’s Foreign Minister Park Jin met in New York on the margins of the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly. The announcement was made amid concerns that North Korea would conduct its first nuclear test in years.

The three condemned North Korea for launching a number of ballistic missiles earlier this year and said they would receive a “strong and decisive response from the international community” if North Korea conducted its seventh nuclear test. confirmed.

According to a joint statement issued after the meeting, they expressed “serious concern” about what they saw as North Korea’s “escalating and destabilizing” messages related to the use of nuclear weapons, Citing the recent adoption of a new law by the Supreme Assembly of Korea. Launch of preemptive nuclear attack.

In a separate press release, the Japanese government said the three countries would advance trilateral security cooperation by strengthening the deterrence of the Japan-US alliance and the South Korea-US alliance.

The talks also underscored the expansion of trilateral cooperation beyond North Korea, with Blinken opening the talks to a tripartite partnership for the United States to effectively address both regional security issues and global challenges. He said that the relationship between

According to the joint statement, the three countries affirmed their shared commitment to assisting the needs of the Pacific island nations where China is expanding its influence, promoting better access to climate finance and strengthening maritime security. noted efforts to combat illegal fishing.

They also condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and emphasized that they oppose “any attempt to change the territorial or regional status quo by force or coercion anywhere in the world.”

The statement comes amid concerns that Taiwan could become the “next Ukraine” as China mounts military and diplomatic pressure on the island of self-restraint democracy.

China and Taiwan have been governed separately since the 1949 civil war split them apart. China sees Taiwan as a rebellious state awaiting reunification and will use force if necessary.

Tensions between the United States and China have risen over the island after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in early August, with Beijing conducting large-scale military exercises nearby.

In July, the previous Japan-U.S.-ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held in Indonesia.

The trilateral dialogue appears to be progressing smoothly, with the Japan-China-South Korea summit being held in June for the first time in about five years.

Meanwhile, Tokyo and Seoul are moving toward improving bilateral relations that have been marred by wartime history and other conflicts.

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