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US, South Korea and Japan officials play down fears after Trump summit

Nyshka Chandran | @nyshkac 11 months ago
US, South Korea and Japan officials play down fears after Trump summit

Responding to that narrative, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha highlighted the strength of their respective security ties at a Thursday news conference.

The U.S.-South Korean alliance remains as "robust as ever," Kang said. American forces in the country "play and will continue to play a crucial role in deterrence, peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula," she continued.

Kono, meanwhile, said Japan understands that the world's largest economy maintains its commitment to defend allies, adding that "the Japan-U.S. security commitment and U.S. forces in Japan posture remain unchanged."

Pompeo, for his part, described America's alliances with South Korea and Japan as "iron-clad."

All three said they will work closely together to ensure Pyongyang acts on its Tuesday promise of "complete denuclearization."

Regarding the paused war games, Washington and Seoul will discuss the matter, Kono noted, adding that such a halt "is contingent" on Pyongyang's actions.

It is Japan's understanding that the White House will discuss any provision of security guarantees to the North while monitoring the reclusive state's progress on denuclearization, Kono said, noting that no security guarantees have yet been given.

Kang also said more negotiations would follow Tuesday's historic summit.