The text of the following statement has been issued by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea.
In accordance with the decision of President Joseph R. Biden and President Yoon Suk Yeol in May, the foreign affairs and defense agencies of the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) held a consultation group meeting and Deterrence Strategy (EDSCG) at the Deputy Secretary/Vice Minister level on September 16, 2022 in Washington DC, ROK First Deputy Foreign Minister Cho Hyundong and Deputy National Defense Minister of ROK Shin Beomchul led the ROK delegation. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Bonnie Jenkins and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl led the US delegation.
This is the third meeting of the high-level EDSCG, which provides a forum for in-depth discussions on strategic and political issues aimed at enhancing Alliance deterrence on the Korean Peninsula and stability in the Indo region. -peaceful. The September 16 dialogue highlighted the commitment of both partners to use all available levers – including diplomatic, informational, military, and economic tools – to strengthen and strengthen the United States’ security commitment to the Republic of Korea and enhance deterrence against DPRK aggression, and more broadly counter the DPRK threat.
The United States and the Republic of Korea have expressed grave concern over the DPRK’s escalating and destabilizing messages related to the use of nuclear weapons, including its adoption of the new nuclear policy law. Both sides pledged to continue their efforts to employ all elements of the national power of both countries to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence posture. The United States reiterated its unwavering and unwavering commitment to leveraging the full range of its military capabilities, including nuclear, conventional, missile defense, and other advanced non-nuclear capabilities, to provide extensive deterrence to the Republic of Korea. The United States and the Republic of Korea have made it clear that any nuclear attack from the DPRK will bring an overwhelming and decisive response. Both parties also confirmed their willingness to continue and strengthen the Alliance’s close consultations on US nuclear and missile defense policy.
The United States is committed to enhanced coordination with the Republic of Korea to continue to deploy and exercise strategic assets in the region in a timely and effective manner to deter and respond to the DPRK and enhance regional security. They pointed to the combined training of fifth-generation F-35A fighter jets in July and the upcoming deployment of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group to the region as a clear demonstration of this American commitment.
Both sides will continue to explore ways to improve the Alliance’s strategic readiness through improved information sharing, training and exercises, with respect to nuclear and non-nuclear threats. , including better use of tabletop exercises. The two parties also committed to improving coordination and strengthening the Alliance’s missile response capabilities and posture, as well as continuing cooperation in the space and cyber domains, including through multi-domain exercises. expanded.
The United States reiterated its strong support for the goals of the Republic of Korea’s Bold Initiative, and both sides pledged to continue their coordinated efforts to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The two sides also agreed to strengthen their cooperation to fight against DPRK sanctions evasion and illicit cyber activities using diplomatic, economic and military tools. The two countries stressed that the DPRK’s continued pursuit and development of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction in defiance of multiple United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions undermines regional and global security and stability as well as than the global non-proliferation regime. Both parties agreed on the importance of respecting and fully implementing all relevant UNSC resolutions.
The United States and the Republic of Korea reaffirmed that a nuclear test by the DPRK would elicit a firm and resolute response from the entire government. The two countries coordinate closely in detail and stand ready for all possible scenarios.
In the face of evolving nuclear and missile threats from the DPRK and increasing threats in the region, the two sides pledged to continue working together to ensure that the strategies and postures of the ROK and the States promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific, including through bilateral exercises and training. as well as trilateral and multilateral cooperation with partners throughout the region.
Both sides felt that the third EDSCG, including the visit of a B-52 strategic bomber delegation, had made a significant contribution to strengthening the Alliance’s deterrence, as well as improving understanding common ground and the effectiveness of extended US deterrence. Both parties have agreed to hold the high-level EDSCG annually. The next EDSCG engagement will take place in the first half of 2023 at expert level to advance efforts ahead of the next EDSCG High Level Meeting.