South Korea, the U.S., and Japan will continue to maintain close cooperation to achieve North Korea's CVID.
"The world should rest assured that the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan remain committed to achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation (CVID) of North Korea."
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono held a trilateral session in Seoul, just two days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump signed a statement agreeing to pursue "complete denuclearization."
At a joint press conference following the meeting, the three countries said they welcomed the adoption of the statement, in which Kim reaffirmed his commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and Trump promised to guarantee the North Korean regime's security.
They said the summit is just the beginning, and that Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo will continue cooperating to implement the statement.
Kang and Pompeo showed a united front on their 'ironclad' alliance as well.
Kang reaffirmed that South Korea's alliance with the U.S. is stronger than ever, and that U.S. forces will continue to play an important role on the Korean Peninsula.
"And lastly, Secretary Pompeo and I reaffirmed that the ROK-US alliance, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, is robust as ever, that the United States Forces in Korea has played, and will continue to play a crucial role for deterrence and peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula."
Pompeo also stressed that there will be no lifting of sanctions, or any kind of economic benefits given to North Korea, before its complete denuclearization.
After wrapping up his schedule in Seoul, Pompeo will meet senior Chinese officials, and possibly President Xi Jinping in Beijing to brief them on the details of the North Korea-U.S. summit.
He's also expected to ask for Beijing's support for the follow-up measures to implement the joint statement, before he heads back home in the late evening.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.