30 May '14, 1pm

Text of Joint Statement from Australia-USA-Japan Defence Minister meeting

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Australian Defence Minister David Johnston held trilateral defense ministerial talks in Singapore on May 30 on the margins of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. This was the fourth meeting of its kind among the three nations’ top defense officials. The defense ministers exchanged views on the regional security situation, including major threats to regional stability such as North Korea. They reaffirmed the importance of working together to build a rules-based regional architecture that supports the peaceful resolution of disputes. On North Korea, they underscored their concern that North Korea’s provocative behavior undermines the stability of the entire region and urged North Korea to take concrete steps toward its denuclearization. In discussing maritime security, the ministers underscored ...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=16726

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