US, India, Japan call for intl action on N. Korea nuclear programs

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, September 18, 2017
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono convened the second US-India-Japan ministerial-level trilateral dialogue Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York during which they discussed topics of mutual concern.

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that the ministers “affirmed and applauded the international community’s firm resolve to oppose the DPRK’s (North Korea) unlawful

acts, as reflected in UN Security Council Resolution 2375 and called for continuing international action to curtail the DPRK’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

The minister also discussed “the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region underpinned by a resilient, rules-based architecture that enables every nation to prosper.”

They affirmed “the importance of the freedoms of navigation and overflight and the free flow of lawful commerce in the region and around the globe, including in the South China Sea.”

Finally, the ministers expressed their commitment “to maintaining regular dialogue among their three governments on topics of shared concern and to expand cooperation on regional connectivity, maritime security and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief.

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