U.S, Japan and South Korea unified against a nuclear North Korea
Kerry made the statement on Monday in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, prior to a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. He said the three countries are working hard on numerous issues that are important to the region. Kerry affirmed the three countries are on the same page when it comes to the desire for a denuclearized North Korea.
"The cooperative effort between the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, has made a difference, not only with respect to the North Korean provocations, but it has sent a strong signal about the strength of our alliance, and I think it's sent a strong signal about other interests that we have, particularly maritime security, issues with respect to regional security, and that's what we're here to affirm today," Kerry said. "We join you in making it absolutely clear that the policy of the United States, together with the Republic of Korea and Japan, is the denuclearization of... North Korea."
Kerry also discussed his bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He said China is likewise committed to the policy of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
Kerry closed his statement by thanking Japan and South Korea for forming a lasting partnership with the U.S.
"So let me just say thank you for the strength of this relationship," Kerry said. "This relationship, the three of us here, is really the foundation of the strategic relationship of this region, and it has proven its durability, it's proven its value, and today we look forward to further discussions about how we go in the next steps in terms of our cooperative efforts."