Japan, U.S., S. Korea Pledge Cooperation on N. Korea


Singapore, June 2 (Jiji Press)--Defense chiefs from Japan, the United States and South Korea Sunday pledged close cooperation between the three countries to denuclearize North Korea.

Japan, the United States and South Korea "will closely cooperate to support diplomatic efforts to establish complete denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula," the three defense chiefs said in a joint statement after their meeting in Singapore.

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo also underscored the importance of the international community's commitment to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea.

In particular, they called for "sustained international cooperation to deter, disrupt, and ultimately eliminate North Korea's illicit ship-to-ship transfers," according to the statement.

Apparently referring to China's maritime expansion, the statement said the three defense chiefs "reaffirmed that freedom of navigation and overflight must be ensured, and that all disputes should be resolved in a peaceful manner in accordance with the principles of international law."

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