U.S. and South Korea jointly release “Defense Consultative Mechanism” statement: reaffirm position on maintaining security on the peninsula and Northeast Asia

The U.S. Department of Defense recently issued a statement on the 19th meeting of the U.S.-South Korea Joint Defense Consultative Mechanism (KIDD), reiterating its policy position of maintaining the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the security of Northeast Asia.

The statement noted that the U.S. and South Korean militaries held the above-mentioned meeting in Washington, D.C., on the 12th and 13th of this month, where they agreed on the importance of continuing the joint defense alliance and implementing joint military exercises, and agreed to hold a meeting of the U.S., Japanese, and South Korean defense ministers at the earliest possible date.

The statement stressed that the U.S.-ROK alliance remains the key to peace and security in Northeast Asia and even on the Korean Peninsula, and that the two sides will further maintain the rules-based international order. The U.S. side reaffirmed that it will use its military capabilities, including nuclear and conventional weapons and missile defense systems, to provide maximum deterrence guarantees. The South Korean side, for its part, pledged to strengthen the overall readiness of the alliance with the acquired military equipment.

South Korea’s Ministry of Defense has also publicly stated that the U.S.-South Korea alliance is indestructible and is the core axis for maintaining peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia, for which it is vital to secure major joint training and core operational facilities for both sides.