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Tracking Number:  422946

Title:  "Joint Statement: Ensuring Peace and Stability in Northeast Asia." Formal statement released November 17, 1995 following trilateral talks by Secretary Christopher, Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono, and South Korean Foreign Minister Gong Ro-Myung in which the ministers agree that their nations would continue to closely coordinate their policies toward North Korea. (951120)

Date:   19951120

Text:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE DISPATCH PUBLISHED BY THE BUREAU OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS VOLUME 6, NUMBER 47, NOVEMBER 20, 1995

Joint Statement: Ensuring Peace And Stability in Northeast Asia

Secretary Christopher, Japanese Foreign Minister Kono, South Korean Foreign Minister Gong Released following trilateral talks, Osaka, Japan, November 17, 1995

1. The Foreign Ministers Gong Ro-Myung of the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.), Yohei Kono of Japan, and Secretary of State Warren Christopher of the United States (U.S.), participating in the 7th APEC Ministerial Meeting, held talks on the overall situation in Northeast Asia on November 17, 1995, in Osaka, Japan.

2. The three Ministers shared the view that close consultation, cooperation, and coordination among the R.O.K., Japan, and the U.S. have become ever more important to ensure peace and stability in Northeast Asia including the Korean Peninsula.

3. The Ministers also agreed that the three countries would continue to closely coordinate their policies toward North Korea in order to encourage North Korea's increased opening to and dialogue with the outside world and the improvement in inter-Korean relations. In this regard, the three Ministers decided to maintain close consultation on the ministerial as well as senior official-level to further strengthen the trilateral cooperation. In this context, they decided to hold the first senior-level meeting next January.

4. The three Ministers welcomed the progress that has been made in implementing the Agreed Framework during its first year, particularly the maintenance of the nuclear freeze. At the same time, they expressed concern over the delay in North-South dialogue. They exchanged views concerning the negotiations between the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) and North Korea concerning the light water reactor supply agreement. They affirmed that continued concerted efforts by the three countries, in cooperation with other countries, are essential to successfully implement the Agreed Framework.

5. The three Ministers reaffirmed that the continued presence and engagement of the United States is essential to ensure peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.

6. Ministers also expressed satisfaction with the fact that they were able to reconfirm, through these trilateral policy talks, their commitment to make joint efforts for the reduction of tension in the Korean Peninsula and the strengthening of the groundwork for peaceful reunification of the two Koreas through improvement in the inter-Korean relationship. NNNN


Product Name:  Dispatch, Vol 6 No 47 Nov 20 1995
Product Code:  DP
Keywords:  KONO, YOHEI; CHRISTOPHER, WARREN/East Asia & Pacific; FOREIGN MINISTERS MEETINGS; GONG RO-MYUNG; KOREA (NORTH)/Foreign Affairs; JAPAN-US RELATIONS; KOREA (SOUTH)-US RELATIONS; KOREAN PENINSULA ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (
Document Type:  TXT
Thematic Codes:  1EA
PDQ Text Link:  422946