US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has entered into consultations on his new strategy on North Korea at the UK-led G7 Foreign Officials Summit, with which the United States is strengthening ties.
In a press conference from London and along with his British counterpart Dominic Raab, Blinken claimed that Washington had completed the “very deliberate” review of the Pyongyang policy and that it had dealt with it in some of its meetings with representatives of the G7 Partner.
“We wanted to make sure we were very active in consulting with all interested countries, starting with our close allies South Korea and Japan, given their own very solid actions on this issue,” he said when speaking with the head of Japan’s overseas official, Motegi Toshimitsu and the South Korean Chung Eui Yong, on the “cooperation” in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
According to Blinken, the new policy requires “an open, practical and calibrated approach” and “will examine diplomacy with North Korea in order to make practical advances that will increase the security of the United States, our allies and our deployed forces.”
“I hope that North Korea will take the opportunity to engage diplomatically and see if there are ways to achieve the goal of full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula … But I think we have focused a clear, very clear policy on diplomacy, and I think it is up to North Korea to decide whether or not to participate on that basis, “he continued.
Raab endorsed Blinken’s “strategic paradigm” in this regard, ensuring that “we will complement the efforts of the United States, our friends and partners in the region.”
“Today’s meeting was another reminder of the depth and breadth of our work together, the convergence of our interests and the many common values,” added the UK Foreign Secretary.
And so it is that during the meeting with the US Secretary he spoke about the “need to defend our values” in relation to China, “to get Beijing to honor its commitments” as in relation to Hong Kong .
With regard to China, Blinken has made it clear that the two countries have taken action “together” against companies that support forced labor in Xinjiang and stressed that they will continue their “solid cooperation to combat atrocities” and the country’s breach of international commitments .
RUSSIA AND NORTHERN IRELAND
“I would also like to thank the UK for joining us in holding Russia accountable for its ruthless and aggressive actions. We have reaffirmed our unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, which I later refer to in this one Week. “
He also called for the recent announcement by the Foreign Minister to extend Global Magnitsky’s sanctions to combat human rights violations in Russia “with approval”.
Raab said there was an opportunity “for a better relationship with Russia”. “We’d welcome him. But it depends on the behavior and the facts,” he continued.
The meeting also discussed the withdrawal of armed forces from Afghanistan, where Blinken addressed the fact that the United States “has no closer ally” while the British minister did not say that it had “had very good consultations “to respect” with the American side.
Iran was another area that both ministers spoke about, as well as Northern Ireland, a region the Foreign Minister has defended as “safe and prosperous” where all communities can have a voice and enjoy the benefits of peace cost a lot to achieve “.
“Like several American presidents before him, President (Joe) Biden clearly supported the Good Friday Agreement, which was a historic achievement and which we must protect,” he said, “there is much more.” could say about all the work that countries quietly and differently do each day to serve the interests of our people and, I believe, the international community in general. “
In this regard, he reiterated that he “welcomes the provisions of both the UK-European Union Trade Agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol which will help protect the revenue from the Good Friday Agreement”. “As the UK and EU start implementing Brexit-related provisions, we will continue to encourage them to prioritize political and economic stability in Northern Ireland.”
The meeting of G7 ministers continues
The meeting was scheduled to mark the start of the summit of G7 Foreign Ministers – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union – an event that this Tuesday will bring together representatives from members and more of the members invited by Raab, in which topics such as pandemics, climate change or the defense of democratic values are discussed.
“I see the growing demand and need for agile groups from like-minded countries who share the same values and want to protect the multilateral system, and I think you can see that in the guests we brought to the G7: Korea, South Korea , India, Australia and South Africa as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – represented by Brunei as President – and with that in mind I think we can see a shift towards this pattern of like-minded country groups enough to work together, “said Raad of the G7.
As part of the G7, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday asked the most resourceful nations to subscribe to vaccination against COVID-19 in the poorest countries.
At an information event organized by the World Health Organization, the United Nations’ special envoy for global education called for a collection of 60,000 million dollars over the next two years for the summit of heads of state and government in June.
“By not expanding vaccination to all countries any faster, we will decide who lives and who dies,” warned the former prime minister, who advocates that the G7 “use their wealth to end the disease”.