U.S.-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting_ Strengthening close communication to firmly respond to North Korean threats

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Janne Pak
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2024-02-29 02:38
(2-28-2024)   by: Janne Pak(White House & State Department & Pentagon & Congress Correspondent)

@South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul and Secretary of State Tony Blinken meet and shake hands at the State Department building prior to their meeting on the 28th.(2-28-2024)

U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken and South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul met today (28th, local time) at the State Department in Washington, D.C. to discuss cooperation, including ways to cooperate with South Korea, the United States, and Japan in response to North Korea's provocations.

토니 블링컨 미 국무장관과 조태열 한국 외무장관이 오늘(28일, 현지시간) 워싱턴 D.C.국무성 청사에서 만나 북한의 도발에 대응해 한미일 공조방안등 협력에 관해 논의했다.

The two ministers promised to respond resolutely to any provocations by North Korea and to strengthen communication more actively than ever before to realize the vision of the ROK-U.S. alliance.

양국 장관은 북한의 어떠한 도발에 단호히 대응하고 한미동맹의 비전을 구현하기 위해 그 어느때 보다 적극적인 소통을 강화하기로 약속했다.

In his remarks, Minister Cho Tae-yul said, "South Korea and the United States agreed to condemn North Korea's provocations and actions that violate UN Security Council resolutions, such as North Korea's export of ballistic missiles to Russia." He added that in the cooperation between the two countries, "there is no room for light to leak through."

조태열 장관은 모두 발언을 통해 "한.미는 북한의 도발과 북한의 탄도미사일을 러시아에 수출하는등 유엔 안전보장이사회 결의를 위반하는 행위를 규탄하는데 뜻을 같이했다.“면서 ”양국의 공조에는 ‘빛 샐 틈도 없다.’고 말했다.

He continued, “Strengthening South Korea-U.S.-Japan cooperation is essential to address common security challenges, promote stability in the Indo-Pacific, and increase prosperity.”

이어 "한미일 협력 강화는 공동의 안보 문제를 해결하고, 인도태평양의 안정을 촉진하며, 번영을 증진하는 데 필수적"이라고 강조했다.

Secretary Blinken evaluated that the partnership between Korea and the United States has become stronger in both bilateral relations and regional and global issues. He added, “We work together to face almost every major challenge around the world.”

블링컨 장관은 한미 양국의 파트너십이 양자관계와 지역, 글로벌 현안 모두에서 한층 더 강력해져 있다고 평가했다. 그러면서 "우리는 전 세계에서 거의 모든 중요한 도전에 맞서 공조하고 있다"고 덧붙였다.

At the meeting, the two ministers also agreed to respond sternly to North Korea's provocations amid the escalating North Korean nuclear and missile threats, and to strengthen efforts to block North Korea's illegal funds and promote human rights in North Korea.

두 장관은 또한 회담에서 북한 핵·미사일 위협 고조 속에 북한의 도발에 단호히 대응하고, 북한의 불법자금 차단과 북한 인권 증진 노력을 강화하기로 했다.

In particular, we decided to actively support efforts to accelerate consultations by the ‘Nuclear Consultative Group’ in accordance with the ‘Washington Declaration’ and cooperate to strengthen ‘extended deterrence implementation capabilities.’

특히 "'워싱턴 선언'에 따른 ‘핵협의그룹’의 협의 가속화 노력을 적극 지원하고, ‘확장억제 실행력’ 강화를 위해 협력해 나가기로 했다.

In addition, to implement the vision of the ROK-US alliance, they agreed to strengthen communication at each level and accelerate the institutionalization of information cooperation for close policy cooperation between the two countries.

또한 한미동맹의 비전을 구현하기 위해 각 급에서 소통을 강화하고, 양국간 긴밀한 정책공조를 위해 정보협력 제도화를 가속해 나가기로 합의했다.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken said he would visit Korea to attend a meeting related to the Democracy Summit to be held in Seoul on the 18th of next month, and President Joe Biden announced that he would participate via video.

한편 토니 블링컨 미 국무장관이 다음달 18일 서울에서 열리는 민주주의 정상회의 관련 회의에 참석하기 위해 한국을 방문한다고 전했졌으며 조 바이든 대통령은 화상으로 참여할 예정이다고 밝혔졌다.(끝)

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