About the Author: Kelly McKellogg serves as a Press Officer in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian And Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell traveled to the East Asia region, June 15-18, to consult with U.S. allies on a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues. Assistant Secretary Campbell had positive discussions with senior officials in both Seoul, June 16-17, and Tokyo, June 17-18.
In his discussions on the sinking of the Cheonan with ROK officials, he reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to working closely with the Republic of Korea and other allies and partners to reduce the threat that North Korea poses to regional stability. Assistant Secretary Campbell and his ROK interlocutors agreed that North Korea should change its unacceptable behavior, by ceasing belligerent actions toward its neighbors, abiding by UNSC Resolutions 1718 and 1874, and taking irreversible steps toward elimination of its nuclear weapons programs. In his discussions, Assistant Secretary Campbell and his counterparts also reaffirmed that the United States supports the Republic of Korea's call for UN Security Council action.
In Tokyo, Assistant Secretary Campbell consulted with Japanese officials, including from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and senior officials from the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). They reaffirmed that the U.S.-Japan alliance is strong and remains a cornerstone of peace and security in East Asia. Assistant Secretary Campbell and his Japanese interlocutors agreed that the United States will continue to work closely and cooperatively with the GOJ across the broad range of issues facing our two nations.