Nov. 18, 2020
WASHINGTON--Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley hosted a trilateral video teleconference with Chairman of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Won In-Choul, and Japanese Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Gen. Koji Yamazaki today.
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Commander Adm. Philip S. Davidson, U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Robert B. Abrams, and U.S. Forces Japan Commander Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider also participated in the video teleconference.
The senior-most U.S., ROK, and Japanese military officers last met in October 2019 in Washington, but held virtual multilateral discussions in November of 2019 during Gen. Milley’s visit to Seoul, South Korea. This session featured discussions on multilateral cooperation that ensures readiness to respond to any regional contingency and promotes long-term peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
Gen. Milley reaffirmed the ironclad commitment of the U.S. to defend both the ROK and Japan if called upon and to provide extended deterrence guaranteed by the full spectrum of U.S. military capabilities.
Gen. Yamazaki emphasized the importance of cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and the ROK to realize peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region centered on a rules-based international order, and North Korea’s full compliance with all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions.
Gen. Won underlined the importance of multilateral cooperation among the three countries in support of denuclearization and the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The senior military leaders agreed to continue working together to address mutual security issues and increase multilateral cooperation in order to enhance peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
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