Addressing the Korean nuclear issue as common interest for both parties, the United States of America and China today underscored a joint commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner.
In his remarks with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the top of their meeting in China, US Secretary says denuclearization of the Korean peninsuls is critically important for the stability of the region, and indeed, for the world, and for all of their nonproliferation efforts.
“This is the goal of the United States, of China. Indeed, of the Six-Party Talk members, as declared in the 2005 September joint statement, and it is the central focus of our joint efforts from this moment forward.” – Secretary Kerry
Both countries are committed to taking actions in order to make good on that goal and both are determined to make that goal
He says China and the United States must together take steps in order to achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula, and today we agreed to have further discussions, to bear down very quickly with great specificity on exactly how they will accomplish this goal.
China committed to advancing the denuclearization process on the peninsula.
According State Councilor Yang, China’s position on the issue of the Korean peninsula is consistent and clear-cut.
He says China is firmly committed to upholding peace and stability and advancing the denuclearization process on the peninsula.
“We maintain that the issue should be handled and resolved peacefully through dialogue and consultation.” – Mr. Yang
He explains that to properly address the Korean nuclear issue serves the common interests of all parties and it is also the shared responsibility of all parties.
China underlines that it will work with other relevant parties, including the United States in promoting the Six-Party Talks and balanced implementation of the goals set out in the September 19th joint statement of 2005.
China attaches attaches high importance of Secretary’s visit to Beijing
State Councilor Yang says he considers Secretary Kerry’s visit to Beijing an important one especially as China-U.S. relations enter a new stage.
He states China and United States are confronted with a complex and volatile international situation. Thus, it is necessary for two sides to enhance dialogue, increase trust, expand cooperation, manage differences.
US and China address the issue of climate change
Both countries also discussed the problems of climate change and raised the issue to put it into the Strategic and Economic Dialogue in July.
“We have put on an accelerated basis, at a higher level, our joint efforts with respect to energy and climate.” – Secretary Kerry
The two sides reportedly issued a joint statement on climate change and both attended the clean energy event jointly hosted by the two countries.
China says it was indeed encouraging to see the Chinese and American business communities being so enthusiastic and optimisctic about cooperation in this area.
US and China articulate a vision of a stronger relationship
Both countries also articulated a vision of a stronger relationship, a better partnership U.S.-China. And they both talked of a new model relationship.
Both countries have agreed to advance the discussion with respect to some of the economic issues as well.
In addition, the two parties also reaffirmed the agreement on building a cooperative partnership and exploring a new type of major country relations between China and the United States and made plans for high-level exchanges and dialogue mechanisms in the time to come.
Both agreed to strengthen practical cooperation in such fields as economy, energy, and environmental protection, and deepened cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
US Ready to Defend South Korea Against DPRK’s Aggression
Citing the unacceptable rhetoric from the North Korean Government against South Korea in the past few days, the United States of America has reaffirmed its commitment to protect and defend South Korea from North Korea’s aggression.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says he doesn’t want to speculate on North Korea’s intent or whether there’s a strategy or not a strategy for its recent threats against South Korea.
He reiterated that the United States will do what is necessary to defend itself and defend its allies, Korea and Japan.
Secretary Kerry says they are fully prepared and capable of doing so, and he thinks the DPRK understands that.
US Ready To Defend Its Ally South Korea
According to Secretary Kerry, no one takes lightly, least of all the President of the United States, what has been happening, which is precisely why the President made the decision to redeploy missile defense with respect to the United States itself as well as to take other preparations in the region.
The US sends a very clear signal to our allies and the North alike that the United States will defend its allies and that it will not be subject to irrational or reckless provocation.
Secretary Kerry points out that the United States believes there is a very simple way for North Korea to rejoin the community of nations and make it clear that they want to pursue a peaceful path.
US has reiterated they are prepared to help them with if they will bring their behavior in line with the United Nations and global community requirements.
Both countries reportedly made progress in the tailored extended deterrence and the counter-provocation plan.
US and South Korea Celebrate 60 Years Of Alliance
US and South Korea are two very close friends, countries, that have traveled a very interesting journey together for 60 years now.
The United States and the Republic of South Korea, for decades have worked side-by-side as allies.
Both countries have stood up to a wide range of challenges over that period of time, not just in the Asia Pacific, but in other parts of the world as well.
The United States is completely committed to deepening this relationship in the years ahead.
US and South Korea Share Goal of Peaceful Korean Peninsula, Free of Nuclear Weapons
Both countries agree that improved relations between North and South would ultimately help to move us towards that goal.
Secretary Kerry said that is a stated goal of the new President of the Republic of Korea, and US looks forward to working with her to achieve that goal.
While in Washington DC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea Yun Byung-se reaffirmed South Korean government’s strong commitment to work closely with the United States on North Korea policy.
Both countries reportedly agreed that North Korea should abandon its nuclear ambitions and bellicose rhetoric.
Both countries also agreed to collaborate to ensure full implementation of the UN’s Security Council Resolution 2094.
US says North Korea’s Nuclear Test Has Costly Consequences
The US is working with the international community to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear test has costly consequences.
In adopting Resolution 2087 in January after the December launch, the UN Security Council pledged to take “significant action” in the event of a nuclear test.
US is also strengthening its close coordination with its Six-Party partners and regional allies.
And through a whole-of-government approach, working closely with its partners in the Department of Defense and other agencies, US will take the steps necessary to defend itself and its allies, particularly the ROK and Japan.
In addition, reassured both Seoul and Tokyo, at the highest levels, of our commitment to extended deterrence through the U.S. nuclear umbrella, conventional capabilities, and missile defense.
US indicates North Korea’s WMD, ballistic missile, conventional arms, and proliferation activities constitute a serious and unacceptable threat to U.S. national security, to say nothing of the integrity of the global nonproliferation regime, which many around the world have labored over generations to devise, nurture, and enforce.
US asserts effective, targeted multilateral and national sanctions will consequently remain a vital component of its efforts to impede the DPRK’s efforts to advance its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and proliferation activities.
Combined with the measures in resolutions 1718 and 1874, UNSCR 2087 further constricts North Korea’s efforts to procure weapons components, send agents abroad, smuggle dual-use items, and make headway on its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, Mr. Davies noted.
The US is actively engaged with the international community to underscore the importance of full enforcement of these measures.