The United States and Canada Announce Ministerial on Security and Stability of Korean Peninsula

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Secretary Tillerson and FM Freeland stand behind podiums in the entryway of a large stone hall. Press cameras are on the edges of the photo.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland hold a press availability outside the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on December 19, 2017.

The United States and Canada Announce Ministerial on Security and Stability of Korean Peninsula

On December 19, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that the United States and Canada will co-host a major ministerial meeting on the security and stability of the Korean peninsula. 

During a press availability in Ottawa, Canada, Secretary Tillerson said that the ministerial meeting will bring together foreign ministers from the UN Command Sending States that provided support to the Republic of Korea during the Korean War. The meeting will also include other important parties – such as the Republic of Korea and Japan - who are also important actors to engage on this issue.

Secretary Tillerson posed several questions that will frame the agenda for the ministerial:

“How do we improve the effectiveness of the current pressure campaign? Are there other steps that could be taken to put additional pressure on the regime in North Korea? How do we further take our diplomatic efforts forward? Finally, how do we prepare for the prospects of talk?”

- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

The ministerial, to be held in mid-January in Vancouver, Canada, will demonstrate international solidarity against North Korea’s unlawful nuclear and missile programs, as well as address next steps in the pressure campaign against the North Korean regime.

For additional information on the United States’ response to the growing threat of North Korea, see this DipNote blog.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.