Press Releases: Remarks With Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se And Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. Good morning. I’m delighted to meet this morning with two of our strongest allies in the region here. We have a great deal to talk about with respect to the D.P.R.K. and security issues in the region, but we also always talk between us about the global initiatives that we’re all involved in, particularly the problems of nuclear proliferation, of counterterrorism. We’re all sharing concerns about what’s happening in the Middle East with Gaza and also ISIL.

So these are two important partners of the United States, and we are very grateful for the cooperation and the relationships between us. Thank you very much for spending a minute with us. Do you want to say anything, either of you?

FOREIGN MINISTER YUN: Yes. Of course, actually, as we are meeting here at the second trilateral meeting, the situation on the Korean Peninsula is very uncertain and unstable because of the growing threats from North Korea in view of their continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the continued launching of their missiles, all kinds of missiles. So this is the right time for us to map out our current strategy on how to deal with this growing strategy, and this is – it happens to be the 20th anniversary of first financial meeting, so now we have to consolidate our current strategy to take advantage of this very auspicious occasion.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. Thank you again, sir. Do you want to say anything?

FOREIGN MINISTER KISHIDA: Yes, please allow me to speak in Japanese.

SECRETARY KERRY: Absolutely. Where’s our – right here. Why don’t you move over a little closer? That’s good.

FOREIGN MINISTER KISHIDA: (Via interpreter) As the international community (inaudible) because more secure it is meaningful that the three ministers of Japan, U.S., and R.O.K. meet together and discuss issues of variety of common challenges, including North Korea, is extremely meaningful. As the security (inaudible) environment changes, the need for coordination among Japan, U.S., and R.O.K. has increased more than ever. I’m looking forward to exchanging candid views with Secretary Kerry and Minister Yun today.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. Thank you all.

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