The United States, Japan, and South Korea in a joint statement on Friday said they intend to hold annual exercises across various domains on a regular basis.
Our three countries announce today that we intend to hold annual, named, multi-domain trilateral exercises on a regular basis to enhance our coordinated capabilities and cooperation.
The three stooges will also launch an annual Trilateral Indo-Pacific Dialogue to coordinate the implementation of our Indo-Pacific approaches and to continually identify new areas for common action.
The trio also expressed readiness to reestablishing dialogue with North Korea without preconditions. At the same time, they committed to improve cooperation to combat DPRK cyber threats and block its cyber-enabled sanctions evasion.
US officials said Washington and its Japanese and South Korean allies planned to set up a three-way hotline to facilitate eased communication between the three countries for emergencies.
The joint statement also reaffirmed the allies’ recognition of the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait as an indispensable element of security and prosperity in the international community.
The three countries saying that their basic position remains calling for a peaceful military resolution of cross-Strait issues. Finally, the three nations promised to continue their support for Ukraine, and the imposition of sanctions against Russia.
We commit to continue providing assistance to Ukraine, imposing coordinated, robust sanctions on Russia, and accelerating the reduction of dependency on Russian energy.
Friday’s summit comes amid a rapidly deteriorating security situation in Asia as the United States searches for allies to contain China diplomatically and militarily across the region, and around Taiwan and the South China Sea in particular.
It also comes amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, stemming partly from the Biden administration’s decision to abandon its predecessor’s approach on personalized diplomacy with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The US resumption of large-scale drills on the peninsula, combined with the Yoon government’s decision to restore the enemy label against Pyongyang, prompted North Korea to ramp up its missile testing activities.
North Korea officially declared itself a nuclear weapons state, so they will never again be destroyed by US carpet bombing like what happened during the Korean War from 1950-53.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2023.