The US, South Korea and Japan sent a clear message to North Korea


Even though the recent conflict between the two Asian allies, the US, Japan, and South Korea, are sending a clear message to North Korea with their strategic cooperation, according to a senior US official on Wednesday (July 21).
After meeting with the deputy foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters, “That tight cooperation sends a very crucial message to North Korea in that we are united and shoulder to shoulder in our approach to this policy.” Despite strained ties between Japan and South Korea, the three-way discussions were held in Tokyo, owing to recriminations on all sides resulting from Japan’s participation in Korea before and during World War II.
A new chapter in the historic rivalry erupted in 2019, disrupting commerce and threatening to derail security cooperation in the face of a common danger posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.
Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, recently opted not to attend the Tokyo Olympics, which begin on Friday, because it would have been his first meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Takeo Mori, Japan’s vice-foreign minister, stated that trilateral cooperation with the US was critical for North Korea’s denuclearization.


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