U.S. Official Seeks to Boost 3-Way Ties with Japan, S. Korea


Washington, July 11 (Jiji Press)--A U.S. Department of State spokesperson on Thursday stressed the need to enhance tripartite relations among the United States, Japan and South Korea, at a time when a trade issue is fueling tensions between Tokyo and Seoul.

"We're going to do everything we can to pursue ways to strengthen our relationships between and amongst all three countries, both publicly and behind the scenes," Morgan Ortagus said at a press conference.

The United States' relationships with Japan and South Korea are both "incredibly important," she said.

Noting that the three countries face "shared regional challenges," Ortagus said that the United States will continue to work with the two Asian allies for stronger relations "between all three of us."

Earlier this month, Japan imposed stricter controls on semiconductor materials exports to South Korea.

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