US, Japan, and South Korea to Hold Trilateral Exercises and Establish Security Framework

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US, Japan, and South Korea to Hold Trilateral Exercises and Establish Security Framework

US, Japan, and South Korea Agree to Trilateral Exercises and Security Framework

The United States, Japan, and South Korea have agreed to hold new trilateral joint exercises this summer, according to a joint statement issued by the U.S. Department of Defense on Sunday. The agreement came after a meeting of the three allies' defense ministers on the sidelines of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Japan's Defense Minister Minoru Kihara, and South Korea's Defense Minister Shin Won-sik reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening trilateral cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, the Indo-Pacific, and beyond. They also agreed to establish a Trilateral Security Cooperation Framework this year to institutionalize their three-way defense cooperation.

The meeting also addressed North Korea's recent launches of ballistic missiles and a military spy satellite using ballistic missile technology. The ministers condemned these actions as violations of United Nations Security Council resolutions.