Deputy Secretary of State Blinken Travel to Japan and the Republic of Korea

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 21, 2016

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Tokyo and Seoul October 26-29 for bilateral and trilateral consultations on regional and global issues and to discuss strategic coordination on DPRK policy.

The Deputy Secretary will visit Tokyo October 26-27 to meet with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and Republic of Korea (ROK) First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam for the fifth round of Deputy-level trilateral consultations, which will focus on our cooperation on a range of regional security and global issues, including our coordinated response to the threat posed by the DPRK nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

In Seoul October 28-29, the Deputy Secretary will meet with First Deputy Director of the ROK National Security Office Cho Tae-yong to discuss U.S.-ROK strategic coordination on North Korea policy. They will discuss the international community’s efforts to hold North Korea accountable for its destabilizing behavior, including its January 6 and September 9 nuclear tests and litany of ballistic missile launches, which constitute flagrant violations of UN Security Council resolutions.