OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON
OCTOBER 19, 2021
Today in Washington, D.C., U.S. Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim participated in a trilateral meeting with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Funakoshi Takehiro and ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk to discuss U.S.-ROK-Japan cooperation on the DPRK. Special Representative Kim, Special Representative Noh, and Director General Funakoshi held detailed discussions on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and reaffirmed their commitment to working trilaterally to reduce tensions and make progress toward the shared goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Special Representative Kim emphasized U.S. condemnation of the DPRK’s October 18 ballistic missile launch, which violates multiple UN Security Council resolutions, and called on the DPRK to refrain from further provocations and engage in sustained and substantive dialogue. He further reiterated Washington’s ironclad commitment to its allies, the ROK and Japan. Special Representative Kim expressed support for humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable North Koreans and affirmed U.S. commitment to the immediate resolution of the abductions issue.