Leaders of U.S., Japan, South Korea Meet to Form Response to North Korean Aggression

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) watches Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) shake hands with South Korean President Park Geun Hye following trilateral talks in Washington on March 31, 2016. The three agreed to a unified response to North Korea's nuclear test and rocket launch, as well as to future …
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The leaders of the United States, South Korea, and Japan showed unity against a nuclear North Korea and condemned the recent missile tests performed by the hermit kingdom during a trilateral meeting Thursday on the sidelines of the Global Nuclear Summit.

U.S. President Barack Obama, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met and discussed North Korea’s actions at the global nuclear summit in Washington D.C. They agreed to “take further steps” if North Korea continues the tests.

“We are united in our efforts to deter and defend against North Korean provocations,” announced President Obama. “We recognize that our security is linked, that we have to work together to meet this challenge.”

Prime Minister Abe said this “[T]rilateral security cooperation is essential to maintain peace and stability” in Asia.

Last week, the North Korean government released the propaganda video “Last Chance,” depicting a nuclear strike on D.C. and the South Korean presidential headquarters. The government created the video to warn the U.S. not to aggravate the hermit kingdom through objections to its myriad UN sanctions violations and human rights violations against its own people.

“If the American imperialists provoke us a bit, we will not hesitate to slap them with a pre-emptive nuclear strike,” reads the subtitles. “The United States must choose! It’s up to you whether the nation called the United States exists on this planet or not.”

It also shows supposed North Korean victories over the U.S., which include the “capture in 1968 of an American ship, the Pueblo, and the shooting down of an American helicopter in 1994.” It ends with a nuclear bomb blowing up the Lincoln Memorial.

Earlier this month, the North Korean government threatened South Korea and the U.S. with a nuclear strike.

“The indiscriminate nuclear strike… will clearly show those keen on aggression and war, the military mettle of (North Korea),” stated officials on the state run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). “If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes in a moment.”

The KCNA condemned joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea, accusing the countries of “violat[ing] the sovereignty of the DPRK.”

Two days later, Russia, one of North Korea’s few allies, told the communist nation to back down from the threats.

“We consider it to be absolutely impermissible to make public statements containing threats to deliver some ‘preventive nuclear strikes’ against opponents,” declared the Russian Foreign Ministry. “Pyongyang should be aware of the fact that in this way the DPRK will become fully opposed to the international community and will create international legal grounds for using military force against itself in accordance with the right of a state to self-defense enshrined in the United Nations Charter.”


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