US ‘concerned’ about claims of nuclear collaboration between Russia and North Korea

As the US, Japan, and South Korea reach a new security agreement, national security advisor Jake Sullivan delivers remarks.

The Biden administration stated that the US is “concerned” about the potential effects on national security of the possibility of North Korea and Russia allegedly working together on the nuclear missile technology as the US received leaders of Tokyo and the Republic of South Korea to Camp David in Maryland on Friday for an unusual trilateral summit.

Pursuant to the Biden administration, the US, Japan, and South Korea reached an agreement on a new security pact obliging the three nations to consult with one another in the case of an armed conflict or threat in the Pacific.

As Joe Biden greeted Yoon Suk Yeol, the president of South Korea, and Fumio Kishida, the prime minister of Japan, for the highest point at the president retreat in Maryland, information regarding the new “duty to consult” promise became available.

In a news conference that took place in the afternoon, Joe Biden stated, “We’re increasing on our sharing information, such as on [North Korean] missile tests and cyber activities, strengthening our missile defense cooperation, and critically, we’ve all pledged to quickly look into in each other in dealing with dangers from any one of our nations from whatever source that occurs.

In addition, the American president stated that South Korean and Japanese leaders would have “a hotline” to communicate and coordinate actions in the event of a regional crisis. They reiterating their “common commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwanese Straits.”

Together with each other, we’ll continue to defend the international rule of law, liberty in navigating, and the peaceful settlement of disputes, said Biden.

Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser for the United States, was questioned about a report from the think tank Center for International and Strategic Studies in Washington, DC, which claimed that the nation of North Korea, formerly known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), may have used Russian nuclear technology in its most recent intercontinental ballistic missiles.

He noted that the administration of Joe Biden depended on the US intel community “in terms of the particular report” about Russian missile capabilities and North Korean missiles.

But he issued a warning: “As they have cooperated with other nations, like Iran, if they ask, they generally additionally provide a form of safety cooperation in return,” he said of Russia’s efforts to obtain materials from Pyongyang for its military operations in Ukraine.

One of several joint initiatives the leaders were anticipated to announce at the day-long summit was a fresh US-Japan-South Korea security agreement. The three nations are working to strengthen their economic and security ties in light of growing concerns over North Korea’s nuclear threats and China’s provocations in the Pacific.

Just before the summit’s official opening on Friday, Sullivan told reporters, “Suffice it to say that this is a huge event. “It is an important moment that creates the framework for a more powerful and security the United States of America as well as a more prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific.”

The Chinese government expressed public disapproval of the conference before it even started.

The three heads of state are also scheduled to provide an update on the progress the nations have made in sharing early-warning information on missile tests by North Korea and discuss the intention of investing in technology for a tri-way crisis hotline in their summit declaration.

Planned statements from the summit include ones to make the conference an annual event and to increase military collaboration on ballistic defenses. According to Sullivan, the leaders will also agree to a multiyear plan procedure for joint military drills on Friday.

The leaders will probably also talk about the ongoing territorial disputes between China as the Republic of the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brunei in the South China Sea, which is under dispute.

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