tv Secretaries Tillerson and Mattis Hold Joint Press Conference with Japanese... CSPAN August 17, 2017 1:22pm-1:55pm EDT
be said and move this -- i do not know what to call him. he is -- there's nothing good about him. he has no good qualities. everything about donald trump is what we do not want in america or anywhere. it is time for the press -- the press needs to start talking impeachment. republicans need to stop worrying about whether they are going to get reelected intake this man out of office. pence backing him up, he should theeave this program to press conference with secretary mattis and rex tillerson. >> our condolences to the loss of life and injuries that occurred to so many innocent people yet again. we will continue to monitor the situation. we stand ready to assist law
enforcement, national security authorities in spain. our consulates in barcelona and our spain team are assisting americans in spain who are affected by these events. we ask your citizens in the area to let your loved ones know you're safe. terrorists around the world should know that the united states and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice. secretary mattis and i are grateful for the opportunity today to host foreign minister kono and defense minister onidero today. today's honest and productive discussions reaffirmed our mutual commitment to confronting threats to regional peace and security. as you might imagine, we spent a fair amount of time discussing north korea. north korea's recent intercontinental ballistic
missile and other missile launches are unacceptable provocations and they must stop immediately. all-star lines and capabilities to respond to north korea's unacceptable behavior and other challenges to regional security. in cooperation with other nations, we will continue to employ diplomatic and economic pressure to convince north korea to end its nuclear and ballistic program. peace seeking all nations and the u.n. security council resolution and strong ntatements made by the asea nations and others around the world, we all seek of north korea. we call on all nations to fully enforce the un security council resolution, imposing additional sanctions on the regime in north korea.
we will remain vigilant against the north korean threats through our military preparedness. the united states will honor our treaty agreements with japan without reservation, whether in times of peace or in the face of conflict. towill also cooperate advanced trilateral and multilateral security and defense cooperation with other partners in the region, notably the republic of korea, australia, india, and other southeast asian countries. discussed our concern about the security environment in the east china sea and south china sea. the united states and japan oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine japan's administration of the sink a reaffirmnds and we article five of the u.s.-japan security treaty that covers these islands. we also oppose militarization activity in the south china sea. maritime disputes should be settled peacefully and maintain
the freedom of navigation in accordance with the united nations conventions on the law of the sea. we maintain our unwavering commitment to the 2015 guidelines for u.s.-japan defense cooperation and we have instructed our staff to accelerate their implementation. we also will explore new and expanded activities and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, training and exercises, research and development, capacity building and joint per shared use of facilities. we discussed our deterrence to ensure the security and stability of japan and the asia-pacific region. we planted deep in our engagement through our extended deterrence and dialogue. both the united states and japan are committed to the realignment of u.s. forces in japan, which seeks to maintain operational and determine capability while
limiting the impact on local communities. i welcome the resumption of the plan to construct they fit him a replacement at the camp schwab hinosakie area and -- waters. it voices the continued use of the marine corps air station. we hope to avoid further delays that will impede our ability to provide peace and security to japan and the region. we do express our sincere appreciation to okinawa for hosting u.s. personnel and for theing a central role in u.s.-japan alliance. the united states and japan will continue our shares resolve to protect our citizens and work for security and stability in northeast asia. our conversations today reaffirmed that we are stronger and more secure when we work together and we will continue that course of action.
i turned to foreign minister kono. at the outset, the incident that occurred in barcelona, to their families, i would like to especially deep condolences? and to those who have been injured, i would like to express my sympathy. under no reason can terrorism be condoned. we absolutely condemn this. and at this very difficult time, i would like to express our solidarity to spain. at the conference between the united states and japan, we have a written substance to reach major outcomes. i would like to thank all those who helped to make the conference a success. convened toce was
based on instructions from the leaders of the united dates in japan on the occasion of prime minister abe's visit to the night -- to the united states earlier this year. the situation has become increasingly severe. that has there been a time calls for a more united and concerted response by the united states and japan. from such a perspective, we had an in depth the discussion on the strategic environment of the asia-pacific region, beginning with the north korean situation. to the first construct -- the first conference since the start of the trump administration, we were able to reaffirm the relationship between the u.s. and japan, which is joint -- which is extremely significant.
korea, towards its dude nuclearization, we -- the den nuclearization -- denucl earization, we will ramp up efforts. on the threats of ballistic missiles, as an alliance, we will strengthen our defense posture and capabilities and respond. concerned the importance of the cooperation of the security treaty. we said our concerns regarding the situation in the east south china sea. the islands are within the scope of article five in the u.s.
security treaty and that we would oppose any unilateral behavior attempting to undermine the trump administration of these islands. for the peace and stability of east asia and east china sea, we will continue to cooperate with the united states. sea, we havechina that we need to continue to engage ourselves and watch for any acts that would impede freedom of navigation. under the severe security environment, under all securesns, the alliance a seamless response and is extremely important. would agreed that we
properly examine ways to .trengthen the alliance in the area of cyberspace, we would promote the japan-u.s. cooperation in new year areas -- new areas. we will promote more than ever before cooperation and security and defense. the indoal nations of pacific region and the capacity building in the marina security for japan will provide assistance to the tune of approximately $250 million in three years to 2019. we want to deepen our cooperation with the united states on this front as well. transparent economic development of this region, between japan and the united states, we agreed we would closely cooperate.
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station. result of the conference today, we were able to elucidate -japane path that the u.s. alliance should pursue. we were differently move forward with measures to further strengthen deterrence and response capabilities of japan -u.s. alliance. thank you. sec. mattis: good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. it has been an honor for us to host to pans foreign minute -- japan's foreign ministers here. as you have heard, we just completed warm and productive detailed conversations about the situations facing our nation's we achieved it -- nations.
high results. we reaffirmed the trust between us. broadenedepened and our combined military efforts by improving on our bilateral relations and exercises. as president trump noted in february, the united dates commitment to defend japan through the full range of military capabilities is unwavering. under article five of our mutual defense treaty and the x and s the extended deterrence commitment -- and the extended deterrent commitment. the international community also recognizes north korea is a threat to asia and the world. japan and the republic of korea are on the frontlines against the north korean threat. we in the united states recognize any nation with north korea would pose an immediate
danger to our allies. today's meeting is a reminder that each nation gains security in concert with other nations. the international community is speaking with one voice. north korea must stop its dangerous actions as we work to maintain security and denuclearize the korean peninsula. in light of the situation we face, we are excel or aiding implementation of the 2015 guidelines for the u.s.--- accelerating implementation of the 2015 guidelines for the agreement. this includes our emerging cooperation in such areas as space, counterspace, cyberspace and ballistic millets are -- ballistic missile defense and maritime security. any threat, any initiation of hostilities will
be met with an effective and overwhelming response. are generations will demonstrate our alliance by continuing bilateral activities and by enhancing cooperation with the republic of korea. we call on north korea to choose a better path than one of provocation and threats. such a path is not in its own best interests nor the interests of any other nation. thank you. i think we hada: a wonderful discussion. first of all, i would like to toress my heartfelt respect secretary mattis and secretary tillerson for leading us to have such a great outcome at the meeting. in 2015, we had drawn up the changed thed
guidelines following the new legislation. cooperationfense has deeply progressed and the alliance has never been so solid. however, if we look to the regional strategic environment in front of us, in front of our lines, we have the pressing issue of north korea. north korea has plans to launch ablest of -- a ballistic missile andhe waters of guam militarizing nuclear weapons to warheads. through this thread to north korea at this meeting, we agreed to increase the pressure and to strengthen the alliance capability. in light of the threat of north confirmed theus
importance of the unwavering u.s. commitment to extend it turns. also, u.s. forces have been deploying more assets in the u.s. -- in the asia-pacific region and have been showing their commitment visibly to the region. to highly evaluate the efforts of the united states and also continuing with the united states, i would like to make efforts to enhance the defense capability and defense posture of japan. our concerns on east china sea and south china sea situation. our defenseen cooperation and securing the peace and stability in east china sea as well as engaging nations in the south china sea. in order to secure seamless
response in the alliance in any situation, we must constantly continue our efforts to strengthen the alliance. through today's discussion, we were able to seek specific direction for future reference. moving forward -- future efforts. moving forward, we will accelerate to the implementation of further guidelines and move and cooperation under the peace and security legislation. we will expand peace and cooperation, such as surveillance and joint training. furthermore, we will continue to promote cooperation in ballistic missile defense, including acquisition [indiscernible] and enhanced ability domain, such as cyberspace. we plan to strengthen further posture. response of along with this, in order to
strengthen our own defense intend to review the national defense program and midtermk on the new defense program. this was explained today. the presence of u.s. forces in then is at the core of japan-u.s. alliance deterrence. we should take into consideration the local residents and the secure safety. from this standpoint, we were able to confirm our steady advancement of the realignment tothe u.s. forces in order reduce the burden on the local whilee -- local people
transferring the station [indiscernible] so we will steadily proceed with transferruction of the . i have reviewed my request for the consideration to the local residents and securing safety. i would devote myself even further for the securing the safety and security for any situation. >> will begin with questions. cnn for secretary tillerson. >> i would love if both secretaries tillerson and mattis could answer a question on north korea. you wrote in your op-ed last week that, obviously, the u.s. prefers a diplomatic solution to the crisis in north korea.
but you said that that diplomatic and economic efforts and pressure were, quote, backed by a credible military option. in recent days, steve bannon called the diplomatic and economic ratcheting up of north a,sions with north korea core, sideshow. he said there is no military solution and that the real issue an economic war with china. does this reflect some kind of new opinion by the administration? or was he speaking for himself? and are you afraid that comments like this might dilute the credible military deterrence backing your diplomatic and economic efforts? thank you. sec. tillerson: i don't really have a comment on what mr. bannon's remarks were in that particular interview. i read those.
i think we have been quite clear as to what the policy and the posture toward north korea is. and i think secretary mattis and toin that op-ed, wanted inform, as best we were able to do, inform the american people first, but also inform our important friends and allies as to what our approaches. our approach has been. -- our approach is. our approach has been endorsed and supported by the president. it is first and foremost, as you have seen, to undertake a concerted, deliberate campaign of exerting pressure on north korea to the extent that is best that we can tell. we did studying previous attempts over the past two decades. what is different in this campaign is the level of international unity around this campaign, the level of cooperation we are getting from china and from others in the region, and the intensity with which we are carrying out the campaign.
obviously, any diplomatic effort in any situation, where you have this level of threat that we are confronted with, a threat with proportions that none of us like has to be backed with strong military consequence if north korea chooses wrongly. i think that is the message that the president has wanted to send to the leadership of north korea. it was really in response to this ever escalating levels of threat and rhetoric that were coming from the raging in pyongyang. you've seen the videos that have produced. the president felt it was necessary to remind the regime of what the consequences for them would be if they chose to carry out those threats. we are prepared -- we are prepared militarily. we are prepared with our allies to respond if that is necessar., that is not our preferred
pathway. we continue our fallout efforts with our partners and allies to bring their pressure on the regime in north korea with the view that, at some point, with a unified international message, like we have never had before, they will realize the level of isolation they find themselves in. and that the future that they will face with that level of isolation is bleak, and will only become bleaker if they continue this pathway. so that is -- our effort to cause them to want to engage in talks, but engage in talks with an understanding that these talks will lead to a different conclusion. than talks of the past. so we will continue -- that talks of the past. knowing that north korea is situated a significant capability already within their grasp, i think it is only prudent that they fully understand the consequences should they make a bad choice for themselves.
and obviously, there are consequences for others as well. >> from japanese media. my question is addressed to minister kono and secretary tillerson. in connection with north korea, with regard to north korea, what conditions must be met for you to decide that you can start the dialogue? today'sion, at conference, to china, who has influence over north korea, you have addressed measures that need to be taken and there was this.ent on however, until now, with regard to china, they have not sufficiently apply the kind of pressure the united states and japan are seeking.
-- theorts magi bat efforts made by japan on the united states, what is it lacking that china is not fully mobilized, place? july, concernsin that north korea changes its course. and if it refrains from imitating and provocative -- intimidating and provocative action, if it is ready to come back to serious dialogue. these are measures -- these measures to be taken are important, first and foremost. there's no sense to dialogue for the sick about -- for the sake of dialogue between japan and the united states or japan and the r.o.k.. the international committee will
continue to apply its maximum pressure to north korea in a think there is a necessity in doing so. 90% of trade with north korea is accounted for by china. a resolution fully strictly kidfully and lamented, a decrease -- it could decrease by $1 billion. encourage china to fully implement these measures after the 15. seafood, chinand announced it would restrict
importation of this. encourageagreement to the specific action by north korea. we will work on china to take responsible and constructive action and we would like to continue to seek china do this. >> from reuters, for secretary mattis. .> thank you secretary mattis, i would like to ask you about afghanistan. a strategyct to have and what does it look like? spoken -- secretary tillerson spoke on charlottesville. i wanted to know if you wanted to add to that? sec. mattis: i can assure you that, in close collaboration with our allies, there are
strong military consequences if the dprk initiates hostilities. in regards to the afghanistan meeting tomorrow, we will meet with the president, secretary tillerson and i come in several weers on the nationals 18 will move this toward a decision -- secretary tillerson and i, and several others in the security will move this toward a decision. we continue not to serve in the army, the navy, the air force, marine corps. we serve in the united states army, united states navy, etc. in that regard, it is a widely diverse force.
on the battlefield, we are one team and that is where we stayed. thank you. >> question from the japanese media. i have a question to and a questions dera oninister ono military defense. we are seeing tensions mounting. in the two plus two joint statement, it is incorporated would ben's role [indiscernible] in the alliance. what specific actions with the u.s. take? japan, what would
japan's role be in missile-defense? and what would the u.s. expect japan to do in the case of a lunch of a messiah -- of a missile? sec. mattis: we would take military action to take it down. , in the onodera: simply event there is an attack on japan, we will use the assets available to us for the missile defense and we will defend japan. but showed different circumstances occur, we will solidify the relationship we have with the u.s. with close communication. country.efend the
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