TOKYO (AP) — The United States will maximize its military capabilities “including nuclear, conventional and missile defense” to defend its allies Japan and South Korea, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Tuesday. He said he warned North Korea. I object to escalating that provocation.
Sherman said North Korea fired repeatedly The number of ballistic missiles and artillery in recent weeks has been a provocative military action. North Korea describes them as exercises for the use of tactical nuclear weapons.
“This is very irresponsible, dangerous and unsettling,” Sherman said during a meeting with South Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyung-don in Tokyo. The two officials met on Wednesday ahead of tripartite talks with their Japanese counterparts.
It was the second time the three high-ranking officials had met in person since conservative President Yoon Seok-yeol took office in May, signaling an improvement in troubled relations between Japan and South Korea. , the vice ministers of Japan and South Korea refused to participate in a joint press conference after the tripartite talks in Washington, leaving Sherman alone to make media appearances.
Sherman said North Korea needs to understand that the US commitment to the security of South Korea and Japan is “irregular.”
“And we will use all U.S. defense capabilities, including nuclear and conventional missile defense capabilities, to protect our allies,” she said.
During a meeting with Sherman, Cho expressed concern over North Korea’s adoption of its new nuclear weapons policy in September. Increases the possibility of arbitrary use of nuclear weapons.
“This is creating serious tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” Cho said.
Foreign Minister Sherman met with Japanese Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Takeo Mori on Tuesday to discuss further strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance and other common goals, including the complete denuclearization of North Korea and a joint response to China’s increasingly aggressive actions in the region. reconfirmed the goals of
Defense Minister Hamada recently said North Korea is believed to have achieved a miniaturization of its nuclear warheads while also diversifying its launch technology, greatly improving its missile capabilities and making interception more difficult.
Japanese officials have also warned of a possible near-term nuclear test by North Korea.
Officials from Japan and South Korea met late Tuesday to discuss ways to improve relations between the two countries. The two sides have been over disagreements stemming from Japan’s wartime actions, including the abuse of South Korean forced laborers and the coercion of girls and young women to work in brothels for the Japanese. , was terribly nervous. Soldiers.
This story corrects the name of South Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Cho to Hyungdon instead of Hyungdon.