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begins at 7:00 a.m. with "washington journal." at nasa, stoddard flakes center and at noon, a simulcast of nasa tv. tillersonof state rex and defense secretary james mattis hope -- hosted a bilateral security meeting with the japanese finance minister and foreign minister at the state department. following the meeting, they held a joint news conference on north korea, u.s.-chip pan -- u.s.-japan relations and u.s. pressure on north korea. this begins with secretary tillerson on the attack barcelona, spain.
l security meeting. at the top of the event, >> good afternoon, the events in barcelona have the earmarks of a terrorist attack. our condolences to the loss of life and injuries that occurred to so many innocent people yet again. we will continue to monitor the situation. e loss of life and injuries that occurred to so many innocent people yet again. we will continue to monitor the situation. we stand ready to assist law enforcement, national our consulates in barcelona and our spain team are assisting americans in spain who are affected by these events. we ask your citizens in the area to let your loved ones know you're safe. terrorists around the world
should know that the united states and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice. secretary mattis and i are grateful for the opportunity today to host foreign minister kono and defense minister onodera today. today's honest and productive discussions reaffirm our mutual commitment to confronting threats to regional peace and security. as you might imagine, we spent a fair amount of time discussing north korea. north korea's recent intercontinental ballistic missile and other missile launches are unacceptable provocations and they must stop immediately. we agreed to all-star lines and capabilities to respond to north korea's unacceptable behavior and other challenges to regional security. in cooperation with other
nations, we will continue to employ diplomatic and economic pressure to convince north korea to end its nuclear and ballistic program. it is clear by all peace seeking nations and the u.n. security council resolution and strong statements made by the asean nations and others around the world, we all seek denuclearization of north korea. we call on all nations to fully enforce the un security council resolution, imposing additional sanctions on the regime in north korea. we will remain vigilant against the north korean threats through our military preparedness. the united states will honor our treaty agreements with japan without reservation, whether in times of peace or in the face of conflict. we will also cooperate to advance trilateral and multilateral security and defense cooperation with other partners in the region, notably the republic of korea, australia, india,
and other southeast asian countries. we also discussed our concern about the security environment in the east china sea and south china sea. the united states and japan oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine japan's administration of the islands and we reaffirm article five of the u.s.-japan security treaty that covers these islands. we also oppose militarization activity in the south china sea. maritime disputes should be settled peacefully and maintain the freedom of navigation in accordance with the united nations conventions on the law of the sea. we maintain our unwavering commitment to the 2015 guidelines for u.s.-japan defense cooperation and we have instructed our staff to accelerate their implementation. we also will explore new and expanded activities and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, training and exercises, research and
development, capacity building and joint and shared use of facilities. we discussed our deterrence to ensure the security and stability of japan and the asia-pacific region. we plan deep engagement through our extended deterrence and dialogue. both the united states and japan are committed to the realignment of u.s. forces in japan, which seeks to maintain operational and determine capability while limiting the impact on local communities. i welcome the resumption of the plan to construct the replacement at the camp -- hinosaki waters. it voices the continued use of the marine corps air station. we hope to avoid further delays that will impede our ability to provide peace and
security to japan and the region. we do express our sincere appreciation to okinawa for hosting u.s. personnel and for playing a central role in the u.s.-japan alliance. the united states and japan will continue our shared resolve to protect our citizens and work for security and stability in northeast asia. our conversations today reaffirmed that we are stronger and more secure
when we work together and we will continue that course of action. with that, i turn it over to foreign minister kono. minister kono: at the outset, the incident that occurred in barcelona, to their families, i would like to express deep condolences? and to those who have been injured, i would like to express my sympathy. under no reason can terrorism be condoned.
we absolutely condemn this. and at this very difficult time, i would like to express our solidarity to spain. at the conference between the united states and japan, we have a written statement to reach major outcomes. i would like to thank all those who helped to make the conference a success. the conference was convened and based on instructions from the leaders of the united states in japan on the occasion of prime minister abe's visit to the night -- to the united states earlier this year. the situation has become increasingly severe. never has there been a time that calls for a more united and concerted response by the united states and japan. from such a perspective, we had an in depth the
discussion on the strategic environment of the asia-pacific region, beginning with the north korean situation. to the first conference since the start of the trump administration, we were able to reaffirm the relationship between the u.s. and japan, which is extremely significant. on north korea, towards its denuclearization, we agreed to ramp up efforts. on the threats of ballistic missiles, as an alliance, we will strengthen our defense posture and capabilities and
respond. we have confirmed the importance of the cooperation of the security treaty. we said our concerns regarding the situation in the east and south china sea. the islands are within the scope of article five in the u.s. security treaty and that we would oppose any unilateral behavior attempting to undermine japan's administration of these islands. for the peace and stability of east asia and east china sea, we will continue to cooperate with the united states. on the south china sea, we have confirmed that we need
to continue to engage ourselves and watch for any acts that would impede freedom of navigation. under the severe security environment, under all situations, the alliance secures a seamless response and is extremely important. and we agreed that we would properly examine ways to strengthen the alliance. in the area of cyberspace, we would promote the japan-u.s. cooperation in new new areas. we will promote more than ever before cooperation and security and defense. the coastal nations of the indo pacific region and the
capacity building in the marie security for japan will provide assistance to the tune of approximately $250 million in three years to 2019. we want to deepen our cooperation with the united states on this front as well. for the transparent economic development of this region, between japan and the united states, we agreed we would closely cooperate. after the conference today, we are from that it is indispensable -- [indiscernible] while okinawa g the impact and other local regions. in order to avoid it becoming a permanent
facility, it would refer that the only solution of relocation would be to honoko. we will proceed with relocation with strong resolve. we will make an all-out effort to realize the complete return of the futema air station. as a result of the conference today, we were able to elucidate the path that the u.s.-japan alliance should pursue. in a security environment that's becoming increasingly severe. we ant to e results, firmly move forward with measures to further strengthen deterrence and response capabilities of japan-u.s. alliance. thank you. sec. mattis: good afternoon, ladies
and gentlemen. it has been an honor for us
to host japan's foreign ministers here. as you have heard, we just completed warm and productive detailed conversations about the situations facing our nation's -- we achieved high results. we reaffirmed the trust between us. we have deepened and broadened our combined military efforts by improving on our bilateral relations and exercises. as president trump noted in february, the united dates commitment to defend japan through the full range of military capabilities is unwavering. under article five of our mutual defense treaty and
the extended deterrent commitment. the international community also recognizes north korea is a threat to asia and the world. japan and the republic of korea are on the frontlines against the north korean threat. we in the united states recognize any confrontation with north korea would pose an immediate danger to our allies. today's meeting is a reminder that each nation gains security in concert with other nations. the international community is speaking with one voice. north korea must stop its dangerous actions as we work to maintain security and denuclearize the korean peninsula. in light of the serious situation we face, we are excel or aiding implementation of the 2015
guidelines for the u.s.--- accelerating implementation of the 2015 guidelines for the u.s.-japan agreement. this includes our emerging cooperation in such areas as space, counterspace, cyberspace and ballistic missile defense and maritime security. we will deter any threat, any initiation of hostilities will be met with an effective and overwhelming response. demonstrate our alliance by continuing bilateral activities and by enhancing cooperation with the republic of korea. we call on north korea to choose a better path than one of provocation and threats. such a path is not in its own best interests nor the best interests of any other nation. thank you. minister onodera: i think we
to the waters of guam and militarizing nuclear weapons to warheads. for this threat to north korea at this meeting, we agreed to increase the pressure and to strengthen the alliance capability. in light of the threat of north korea, the four of us confirmed the importance of the unwavering u.s. commitment to extend concerns. also, u.s. forces have been deploying more assets in the in the asia-pacific region and have been showing their commitment visibly to the region. i would like to highly evaluate the efforts of the united states and also continuing with the united states, i would like to make
efforts to enhance the defense capability and defense posture of japan. also, we shared our concerns on east china sea and south china sea situation. we will deepen our defense cooperation and securing the peace and stability in east china sea as well as engaging nations in the south china sea. in order to secure seamless response in the alliance in any situation, we must constantly continue our efforts to strengthen the alliance. through today's discussion, we were able to seek specific direction for future efforts. moving forward, we will accelerate the implementation of further guidelines and move in
cooperation under the peace and security legislation. we will expand peace and cooperation, such as surveillance and joint training. furthermore, we will continue to promote cooperation in ballistic missile defense, including acquisition [indiscernible] and enhanced ability domain, such as cyberspace. we plan to strengthen further our joint response posture. along with this, in order to strengthen our own defense capability, we intend to review the national defense program and also work on the new midterm defense program. this was explained today. the presence of u.s. forces in japan is at the core of the japan-u.s. alliance deterrence. time, the operation of forces should take into consideration the local
residents and secure safety. from this standpoint, we were able to confirm our steady advancement of the realignment of the u.s. forces in order to reduce the burden on the local residents and secure safety. from this standpoint, we were able to confirm our steady advancement of the realignment of the u.s. forces in order to reduce the burden on the local the burden on the local people while transferring the station [indiscernible] so we will steadily proceed with the construction of the transfer. i have reviewed my request for the consideration to the local residents and securing safety. i would devote myself even further for securing the
safety and security for any situation. >> will begin with questions. cnn for secretary tillerson. >> i would love if both secretaries tillerson and mattis could answer a question on north korea. you wrote in your op-ed last week that, obviously, the u.s. prefers a diplomatic solution to the crisis in north korea. but you said that that diplomatic and economic efforts and pressure were, quote, backed by a credible military option. in recent days, steve bannon called the diplomatic and economic ratcheting up of tensions with north korea a sideshow.
he said there is no military solution and that the real issue is an economic war with china. does this reflect some kind of new opinion by the administration? or was he speaking for himself? and are you afraid that comments like this might dilute the credible military deterrence backing your diplomatic and economic efforts? thank you. sec. tillerson: i don't really have a comment on what mr. bannon's remarks were in that particular interview. i read those. i think we have been quite clear as to what the policy and the posture toward north korea is. and i think secretary mattis and i, in that op-ed, wanted to inform, as best we were able to do, inform the american people first, but also inform our important friends and allies as to what our approach is. our approach has been
endorsed and supported by the president. it is first and foremost, as you have seen, to undertake a concerted, deliberate campaign of exerting pressure on north korea to the extent that is best that we can tell. we did study previous attempts over the past two decades. what is different in this campaign is the level of international unity around this campaign, the level of cooperation we are getting from china and from others in the region, and the intensity with which we are carrying out the campaign. obviously, any diplomatic effort in any situation, where you have this level of threat that we are confronted with, a threat with proportions that none of us like to contemplate, has to be backed with strong military consequence if north korea chooses wrongly. i think that is the message that the president has wanted to send to the leadership of north korea. it was really in response to this ever escalating levels of threat and rhetoric that
were coming from the regime in pyongyang. you've seen the videos that have produced. the president felt it was necessary to remind the regime of what the consequences for them would be if they chose to carry out those threats. we are prepared -- we are prepared militarily. we are prepared with our allies to respond if that is necessary. that is not our preferred pathway. we continue our full out efforts with our partners and allies to bring pressure on the regime in north korea with the view that, at some point, with a unified international message, like we have never had before, they will realize the level of isolation they find themselves in. and that the future that they will face with that level of isolation is bleak, and will only become bleaker if they continue this pathway. so that is -- our effort to cause them to want to engage
in talks, but engage in talks with an understanding that these talks will lead to a different conclusion. than talks of the past so we will continue that effort -- knowing that north korea is situated with a significant capability already within their grasp, i think it is only prudent that they fully understand the consequences should they make
a bad choice for themselves. and obviously, there are consequences for others as well. >> from japanese media. >> my question is addressed to minister kono and secretary tillerson. dialogue in connection with north korea, with regard to north korea, what conditions must be met for you to decide that you can start
the dialogue? in addition, at today's conference, to china, who has influence over north korea, you have addressed measures that need to be taken and there was agreement on this. however, until now, with regard to china, they have not sufficiently applied the kind of pressure the united states and japan are seeking. the efforts made by japan on the united states, what is it lacking that china is not fully mobilized, please? minister kono: in july, concerns that north korea changes its course. and if it refrains from intimidating and provocative
action, if it is ready to come back to serious dialogue. these measures to be taken are important, first and foremost. there's no sense to dialogue for the sake of dialogue between japan and the united states or japan and the r.o.k.. the international committee will continue to apply its maximum pressure to north korea, i think there is a necessity in doing so. 90% of trade with north korea is accounted for by china. a resolution if fully
implemented, it could decreased by $1 billion. we would encourage china to fully implement these measures after the 15th. oil and steel and seafood, china announced it would restrict importation of this. we saw an agreement to encourage the specific action by north korea. we will work on china to take responsible and constructive action and we would like to continue to seek china do this. >> from reuters, for secretary mattis. >> thank you. secretary mattis, i would like to ask you about afghanistan. do you expect to have a strategy and what does it
look like? spoken about the events of charlottesville. i wanted to know if you wanted to add to that? sec. mattis: i can assure you that, in close collaboration with our allies, there are strong military consequences if dprk initiates hostilities. in regards to the afghanistan meeting tomorrow, we will meet with the president, secretary tillerson and i, and several others on the nationals 18 we will move this toward a decision -- secretary
tillerson and i, and several others in the national security will move this toward a decision. we continue not to serve in the army, the navy, the air force, the marine corps. we serve in the united states army, united states navy, etc. in that regard, it is a widely diverse force. we look at our coins, out of one., we're one
team and that's the way we stay. thank you chlt >> question from the japanese media. >> i have a question to secretary mattis and a question for minister onodera on military defense. north korea has planned to launch a ballistic missile and seeing tensions mounting.
in the two plus two joint statement, it is incorporated that japan's role would be [indiscernible] in the alliance. what specific actions would the u.s. take? and for japan, what would japan's role be in missile-defense? and what would the u.s. expect japan to do in the case of the launch of a missile? sec. mattis: we would take military action to take it down. minister onodera: simply, in the event there is an attack
on japan, we will use the assets available to us for the missile defense and we will defend japan. but should different circumstances occur, we will solidify the relationship we have with the u.s. with close communication. we will defend the country. that is what we discussed today. >> thank you, everyone. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017]
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