Korea, China Hold First Defense Ministers' Talks in 2 Years

Lloyd Doyle
October 26, 2017

Asean defense ministers called for the effective implementation of the Declaration on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (DOC) and the early conclusion of the drafting of the Code of Conduct (COC) over the disputed waters.

Onodera's comments broke from more measured language employed on Monday by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-Moo. The ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting-Plus, or ADMM-plus, brings together the top defense chiefs from the South East Asia region, and eight other nations, including South Korea, the U.S., China, Russia and Japan. ROK is the acronym of South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea.

Japan's defence minister asserted Monday that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have grown to an "unprecedented, critical and imminent" level, requiring "different responses" to the threat. The details of that meeting were not released, however, as part of a non-disclosure deal agreed upon by both sides. The North Korea nuclear issue will be high on the agenda, and the countries will be looking to reaffirm their cooperation in tackling it. "The three Ministers committed to continue efforts to backstop the worldwide community's efforts to curb North Korea's weapons of mass destruction programs and their means of delivery". Song will be looking to mend ties with Chang on this matter, while pushing for Beijing's cooperation in further pressuring North Korea.

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