eseoulpost
InternationalIssue&Issue
U.S. defense leaders express disappointment at S. Korea-Japan row
min  |  min
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
승인 2019.08.29  
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn
   
 

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (Yonhap) -- The United States' top defense leaders expressed disappointment Wednesday over an ongoing dispute between South Korea and Japan that recently led to Seoul's decision to terminate an intelligence sharing pact with Tokyo.

 At a joint press conference at the Pentagon, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford said they believe it is in the interest of all three countries to work together.

 But in a departure from previous statements from the Pentagon or the State Department, the two appeared to direct their disappointment at both parties, not just South Korea.

 "I was and I remain very disappointed that both parties are engaged in this," Esper said, adding that he is hopeful South Korea and Japan will be able to resolve their differences.

 "We have common threats facing us -- North Korea and China, and bigger threats. And we're stronger when we all work together," he said.

 Dunford said he has not seen any impact on military operations from Seoul's decision to pull out of the General Security of Military Information Agreement.

 "But I share the secretary's disappointment in what I view as a setback in the relationship between South Korea and Japan. I think that's a very important relationship," he said.

 

South Korea announced its decision to pull out of GSOMIA last week, citing Japan's refusal to hold talks on resolving separate disputes on trade and shared history.

 

Washington has expressed concern and disappointment at the decision, saying the move creates challenges for trilateral security cooperation against North Korea's nuclear threats and China's military rise.

 

In Seoul, South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young met with U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris on Wednesday to ask that Washington stop airing its grievances.

 Whether Esper and Dunford reflected that request in their comments is unclear.

 But only hours earlier, Randall Schriver, U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, reiterated Washington's concerns and called on South Korea to renew the pact.

 GSOMIA is currently set to expire in late November.

 Esper said the three countries share more interests and values than they do not, and need to collectively think about North Korea in the near term and China in the long term.

 The focus should be on "how do we work together, how do we broaden our partnerships, strengthen our alliance and make sure we're prepared for the future," he said.

 Asked if the U.S. has contingency plans to deal with any fallout from the pact's termination, Dunford assured reporters there are other measures in place.

 "We have other ways of sharing information, obviously none as effective as a very strong bilateral information sharing agreement between the two countries, but there are other mechanisms in place to allow us to deal with an alliance crisis or contingency," he said.

 On North Korea's recent tests of short-range ballistic missiles, Esper said the U.S is concerned about them but will not "overreact" in the interest of renewing denuclearization talks.

 "We're concerned about their short-range ballistic missile tests. We want to understand what they're doing, why they're doing, etc," he said. "But on the other hand, we're not going to overreact. We want to take a measured response and make sure that we don't close the door to diplomacy."

 Expressing confidence that North Korea's "irreversible, verifiable, complete denuclearization" will be achieved, he stressed that the best way to meet that objective is through a political agreement.

 North Korea has conducted seven rounds of missile tests since late July in apparent anger over Seoul-Washington military exercises that ended last week.

 U.S. President Donald Trump has dismissed them as unimportant, saying they do not violate an agreement by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to refrain from long-range missile or nuclear tests.

 Trump said earlier this month that in a letter to him, Kim stated his desire to resume denuclearization negotiations as soon as the exercises were over, but those talks have yet to take place.

 Dunford also addressed reports that North Korea is building a new ballistic missile submarine and could be preparing for a test.

 "I don't have anything to add to what has already been reported in the open press," he said.


 

< 저작권자 © eseoulpost 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn 뒤로가기 위로가기
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
자동등록방지용 코드를 입력하세요!   
확인
- 200자까지 쓰실 수 있습니다. (현재 0 byte / 최대 400byte)
- 욕설등 인신공격성 글은 삭제 합니다. [운영원칙]
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
Most Read
1
Mohammed bin Rashid, Mohamed bin Zayed discuss national issues
2
ERC Secretary-General receives Chairman of Board of Russian International Development Agency
3
UAE Embassy in South Korea holds countdown event for Expo 2020 Dubai
4
Hyundai Motor affiliate signs MOU with Germany's Brose on future vehicle seats
5
N. Korea blasts Trump's warning, says it has nothing more to lose
6
Human rights delegates share insights with EDA students
7
40th session of GCC Supreme Council issues final communique
8
Analysis under way into N. Korea's 'very important test' at Dongchang-ri site: defense ministry
9
UAE, Indonesia discuss defence cooperation
10
Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies / launch
Photo News Green Biz
Environmentally Distinctive House initiative launched
Environmentally Distinctive House ...
min
Masdar to bring solar power to 'off-grid' communities around the world
Masdar to bring solar power to 'of...
min
ADNOC ranked amongst five lowest GHG emitters in oil and gas industry
ADNOC ranked amongst five lowest G...
min
World Green Economy Summit 2018 concludes
World Green Economy Summit 2018 co...
min
Restoration of nature requires actions of many :Al Zeyoudi
Restoration of nature requires act...
min
Photo News Sports
Mohamed bin Zayed receives Khabib Nurmagomedov, congratulates him on winning UFC in Abu Dhabi
Mohamed bin Zayed receives Khabib ...
min
Heated start for President’s Jiu-Jitsu Cup Championship
Heated start for President’s Jiu-J...
min
Four Emirati golfers participating in Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
Four Emirati golfers participating...
min
Taiwan shuts out Japan to clinch U-12 Baseball World Cup title
Taiwan shuts out Japan to clinch U...
min
Mohammed bin Rashid receives trophy from Queen Elizabeth II on historic Royal Ascot win
Mohammed bin Rashid receives troph...
min
(U20 World Cup) S. Korea's Lee Kang-in wins Golden Ball as tournament MVP
(U20 World Cup) S. Korea's Lee Kan...
min
Taiwan recurve women's team win gold at Archery World Cup
Taiwan recurve women's team win go...
min
Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin wins 7th game of '19, has scoreless streak snapped at 32 innings
Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin wins 7th gam...
min
Photo News World
Mohamed bin Zayed receives Khabib Nurmagomedov, congratulates him on winning UFC in Abu Dhabi
Mohamed bin Zayed receives Khabib ...
min
Heated start for President’s Jiu-Jitsu Cup Championship
Heated start for President’s Jiu-J...
min
Four Emirati golfers participating in Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
Four Emirati golfers participating...
min
Taiwan shuts out Japan to clinch U-12 Baseball World Cup title
Taiwan shuts out Japan to clinch U...
min
Mohammed bin Rashid receives trophy from Queen Elizabeth II on historic Royal Ascot win
Mohammed bin Rashid receives troph...
min
(U20 World Cup) S. Korea's Lee Kang-in wins Golden Ball as tournament MVP
(U20 World Cup) S. Korea's Lee Kan...
min
Taiwan recurve women's team win gold at Archery World Cup
Taiwan recurve women's team win go...
min
Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin wins 7th game of '19, has scoreless streak snapped at 32 innings
Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin wins 7th gam...
min
Photo News Opinion
BOK keeps base rate steady, sees slower economic growth
BOK keeps base rate steady, sees s...
min
S. Korea issues cold wave alert for Seoul, central regions
S. Korea issues cold wave alert fo...
min
Moon vows unswayed push for peace, innovation, fairness in remaining presidency
Moon vows unswayed push for peace,...
min
S. Korea to strive to attain higher economic growth in 2020
S. Korea to strive to attain highe...
min
Moon to meet party leaders amid political stalemate
Moon to meet party leaders amid po...
min
S. Korea announces first female two-star general
S. Korea announces first female tw...
min
S. Korea deports 2 N. Korean criminals to home country
S. Korea deports 2 N. Korean crimi...
min
3 bodies found at crash scene of chopper near Dokdo islets
3 bodies found at crash scene of c...
min
Newspaper AboutNews ReportAdvertiseComplaintsPrivacy PolicyJuvenile protectionRejection of E-mail Collection
Gangnam-gu, Teheran 52 street in Tehran Bldg, 616(Yeoksam-dong)  |  Main Phone: 02) 563-0604  |  Fax: 02) 538-5665
Chairman : jeong-woo Lee  |  Advisor : byung-il Min  |  Publisher: jae-mo Kah  |  Editors: il-hong Kim
Registration Number 1928 Seoul ah  |  eseoulpost.com / eseoulpost.net / Global Korea.,Ltd
Copyright © 2011 eseoulpost. All rights reserved. mail to jaemokah@daum.com , kih10kr@empas.com/ www.globalkorea.info
arabafrica.net / UAE Interract / Emirtes News Agency(WAM)/ http://wam.org.ae / www.uaeinteract.com