Monday, November 29

US “satisfied with end-of-war declaration discussions”… South Korea and Japan not participate in exposing differences

The US-Japan Vice Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held in Washington. At the press conference, the United States said that it was satisfied with the discussion of the end of the war, but South Korea and Japan did not participate in the joint press conference due to the Japanese side’s disagreement.

This is reporter Jeong Hye-kyung.

Only Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman attended the joint press conference scheduled to be held after the Korea-U.S.-Japan Vice Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

It was first announced that the reason for the sudden change in the format of the interview was because of differences between Korea and Japan.

[웬디 셔먼/국무부 부장관 : 한국과 일본 사이 계속 해결돼야 할 이견이 있습니다. 오늘 협의와는 관련이 없지만 이런 차이 때문에 오늘 기자회견 형태가 바뀌게 됐습니다.]

The most important agenda item for this meeting of vice-ministers was the declaration of an end to the war, and the US emphasized that it was satisfied with the discussions related to the declaration.

[웬디 셔먼/국무부 부장관 : 종전 선언과 관련한 문제에 대해서 간략하게 답변을 드리자면 저는 이 논의에 매우 만족하고 있습니다. 미국은 논의에 대해서 매우 만족하고 있습니다.]

He reiterated that the United States has no hostile intentions toward North Korea and believes that diplomacy and dialogue are essential to complete denuclearization.

Deputy Secretary of State Sherman said the three countries had discussions about ensuring freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and expressed his intention to target China.

First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-gun said that the Japanese side had conveyed the position that the Korean National Police Agency could not participate in the meeting due to the issue of the visit to Dokdo in response to the cancellation of the joint conference.

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