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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 055-13
January 31, 2013

U.S., Japan and Republic of Korea Defense Trilateral Talks Joint Statement

            Officials from the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea met in Tokyo Jan. 30-31 for the annual Defense Trilateral Talks.  The plenary session included discussion on a wide variety of issues including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, non-proliferation, the regional security situation and North Korea.  

            North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a serious threat to international peace and security and undermine the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the North East Asia Region. 

            If North Korea carries out any further provocations, including a nuclear test, North Korea will bear responsibility for the consequences it will face for disregarding the overwhelming views of the international community. 

            The United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan will closely coordinate to deter a potential DPRK nuclear test and to respond to ballistic missile threats. In this process the three countries will closely cooperate with the international community, including China and Russia. 

            The DTTs are a regular cooperative dialogue between the United States, Japan and South Korea and have been held annually since 2008.

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