CASTRO PRAISES FOREIGN AFFAIRS ASIA PACIFIC SUBCOMMITTEE'S PASSAGE OF U.S.-JAPAN-KOREA TRILATERAL COOPERATION LEGISLATION
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the Asia Pacific Subcommittee’s passage of H. Res. 634, a measure of which he is an original cosponsor, that recognizes the importance of the United States-Republic of Korea-Japan trilateral relationship:
“The North Korean regime has repeatedly, flagrantly disregarded United Nations Security Council resolutions, compromising the stability of the Asia-Pacific region. This resolution reiterates the United States’ commitment to our allies Japan and South Korea in the face of North Korean provocations. Our nations’ unity and resolve in standing up to Pyongyang’s aggression benefits all people who oppose such disregard for international law. The United States, South Korea, and Japan share a strong desire for peace, prosperity, and respect for human life. Congress’ recognition of this strategic alliance and the values we jointly espouse only strengthens our efforts in support of lasting regional security.”
H. Res. 634 condemns North Korea's dangerous nuclear tests, missile launches, and continued provocations. It reaffirms the importance of the United States-Republic of Korea-Japan trilateral relationship to counter North Korea's destabilizing activities and nuclear proliferation. Additionally, the resolution supports joint military exercises and other efforts to strengthen cooperation, improve defense capabilities, and oppose regional threats like North Korea. Finally, it encourages the deployment and coordination of regional advanced ballistic missile defense systems and underscores the importance of the trilateral relationship in tracking North Korea human rights violations.