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Immediate Release

Statement from Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on United States Trilateral Summit with Japan and the Republic of Korea

Today is a historic day for the United States and two of our closest allies. Under the leadership of President Biden, Prime Minister Kishida, and President Yoon, we have advanced a new era of trilateral partnership with Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK). Today's summit reaffirmed that cooperation among our three countries delivers security and prosperity for our people, the Indo-Pacific region, and the world. 

We are working more closely than ever with the ROK and Japan in support of a common vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The agreements our three countries made today will further our shared commitments to meeting the challenges we face together, including through committing to a multi-year trilateral framework that includes annual, multi-domain trilateral exercises, activating a data-sharing mechanism to exchange real-time missile warning data that will improve mutual detection and assessment of DPRK missile launches, and leveraging existing secure lines of communications while continuing to build and institutionalize our respective communication channels.

Our leaders have charted an ambitious course for our mutual defense and for the security of our people, and I look forward to continued cooperation with Minister Hamada and Minister Lee as our teams work to implement these initiatives moving forward.