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Deputy Secretary Campbell’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Cho

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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:

Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell met with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul today in Washington. The Deputy Secretary reiterated the United States’ steadfast commitment to the ROK and underscored the significance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance as the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. Deputy Secretary Campbell and Foreign Minister Cho discussed the importance of the U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral relationship in addressing the most difficult global challenges. The Deputy Secretary and the Foreign Minister also discussed the vibrant U.S.-ROK economic partnership, which has tremendous benefits for both countries. They discussed recent aggressive actions and rhetoric by the DPRK and called on Pyongyang to return to dialogue. They also noted Russia’s concerning military cooperation with the DPRK, including Russia’s use of DPRK ballistic missiles against Ukraine, which poses a serious threat to regional stability and global nonproliferation. They also discussed concerns about PRC support to the Russian defense industrial base. Both sides stressed the importance of providing further support to Ukraine.

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