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Joint Statement of the 2012 United States – Republic of Korea Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2012

Following is the text of a joint statement issued by the United States of America and the Republic of Korea at the conclusion of the 2012 United States – Republic of Korea Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting on June 14 in Washington, D.C.:


North Korea
The Ministers urged North Korea to cease its provocative behavior, live up to its obligations and commitments, and abide by the terms of the 1953 Armistice Agreement. North Korea’s pattern of defiance and provocative actions, combined with its pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, constitutes a serious threat to the Alliance, Northeast Asia, and international peace and security. This behavior will be met with solidarity from all threatened countries. The Ministers underscored Alliance solidarity in the event of a North Korean provocation against the Republic of Korea. The United States re-emphasized its steadfast and determined commitment through the Alliance to defend the Republic of Korea against any aggression.

The Ministers welcomed the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s clear determination to take action in the event of another North Korean missile launch or nuclear test. They reinforced the April 16 Presidential Statement of the UN Security Council, calling on North Korea to abide by the will of the international community by complying with its obligations under UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874 and abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, including its uranium enrichment program (UEP). The Ministers called on North Korea to fulfill its commitments under the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks and choose a path toward peace. The Ministers noted that a path for North Korea to rejoin the international community remains available if it refrains from provocations and complies with its international obligations and commitments, which include taking concrete actions toward denuclearization. The Ministers reaffirmed that progress will require North Korea’s actions, not assurances. Noting international unity against North Korea’s continued development of nuclear and missile programs, the Ministers vowed to continue to coordinate closely with Six-Party Talks partners and to strengthen cooperation with the international community to faithfully implement the sanctions and other measures set forth in UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874.

The Ministers expressed deep concern about the well-being of the North Korean people and the human rights situation in North Korea. The Ministers called on North Korea to respect the human rights of its citizens. The Ministers declared that North Korea must improve its human rights record in order to improve its relations with the international community. The Ministers also emphasized the need for North Korea to address humanitarian issues and invest in the welfare of its people, including nutrition and education.

Regional Cooperation

The Ministers recognized China’s special role in using its unique relationship to push North Korea to live up to its commitments and obligations. The Ministers emphasized the importance of our common goals of denuclearization and preserving peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and reaffirmed their commitment to work with China, as Chair of the Six-Party Talks, to encourage North Korea to choose a different path.

Global Partnership
The Alliance has taken on a larger role to meet increasing global challenges. These growing challenges highlight not only the essential role of the Alliance in maintaining regional security and stability, but also the need for our two nations to deepen and broaden cooperation.

The Ministers affirmed their commitment to continue close cooperation on Iran, including maintaining pressure on Iran to comply with its international obligations and encouraging Iran to negotiate seriously on its nuclear program through the P5+1 process. The United States expressed appreciation for the Republic of Korea’s faithful implementation of both UN Security Council-approved sanctions on Iran and its own national measures, which have been important in sending a clear signal to Iran that it must fully comply with its international obligations, including all relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors.

Full statement available at: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/06/192333.htm



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