160919_koreausjapan_art1.jpg

Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (left), Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio (center) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hold trilateral talks in New York on Sept. 18 to discuss ways to apply stronger pressure to the North Korean regime.

Korea, the U.S. and Japan agreed to reinforce stronger, more comprehensive sanctions against North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s recent fifth nuclear test.

On Sept. 18, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio held a trilateral meeting in New York and adopted a joint statement outlining measures that could counteract the North’s provocations.

Broadly, the joint statement stipulates the following: ensure all countries fully and effectively implement all their obligations and commitments under U.N. Security Council resolution 2270; adopt a new Security Council resolution in response to Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear weapons test; block North Korea’s access to revenue that funds its nuclear weapons, missiles or other illegal programs; and, increase pressure to prevent the North’s human rights abuses and violations.

“Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test, along with recent ballistic missile launches, proves that the North’s weapons capabilities are enhancing over time,” said Minister Yun. “If we don’t act now, disaster may strike not only the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia, but the world at large,” he warned.

“However, North Korea cannot win against the combined forces of Korea, the U.S., Japan and the international community. Since our three governments share a commitment to mutual defense, we will continue to consolidate the support of the global community to counter the threat posed by the North.”

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S., Japan and Korea would “make it clear to a reckless dictator that he is isolating his country through his actions.” He called for North Korea and its leader to freeze Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs immediately and to return to denuclearization talks.

Echoing his counterparts, Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio said that recent nuclear threats call for tougher and tighter Security Council sanctions. He said, “We must make North Korea understand that repeated provocations will isolate them from the international community and that there can be no bright future for them at all.”

By Lee Hana
Korea.net Staff Writer
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
[email protected]