Mullen Arrives in Tokyo to Discuss North Korean Threat

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 — Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived here last night to dis­cuss with Japan­ese lead­ers how to bet­ter lever­age their mil­i­tary exper­tise and improve defense coop­er­a­tion in light of North Kore­an aggres­sion.
Mullen, who flew here after a whirl­wind of meet­ings with South Kore­an lead­ers Dec. 8, not­ed dur­ing a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day that Japan has a stake in see­ing the North Kore­an threat coun­tered.

“And they have much to offer in terms of viable train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and exper­tise,” he said. “Hav­ing been a Pacif­ic sailor for most of my career, I can attest to their skill and to their earnest desire to con­tribute to region­al secu­ri­ty and stability.” 

Mullen is slat­ed to meet with Gen. Ryoichi Ori­ki, Japan­ese chief of staff, and Defense Min­is­ter Toshi­mi Kitaza­wa. The chairman’s vis­it comes as the Unit­ed States and Japan con­duct the “Keen Sword” bilat­er­al mil­i­tary exer­cise, which runs through Dec. 10. The exer­cis­es include ele­ments through­out main­land Chi­na, Oki­nawa and the sur­round­ing waters. 

Mullen said yes­ter­day in Seoul that he was encour­aged that South Korea had sent mil­i­tary observers to the exer­cise. He expressed hope it will lead to more tri­lat­er­al activ­i­ties involv­ing the Unit­ed States, Japan and South Korea, as well as more mul­ti­lat­er­al engage­ment with oth­er region­al partners. 

Dis­cus­sions and engage­ments like these “illus­trate and deep­en our rela­tion­ships,” Mullen said, and cement the coun­tries’ uni­fied posi­tion on the North Kore­an threat. Mullen also rec­og­nized the impor­tance oth­er ele­ments of nation­al pow­er in apply­ing a “whole-of-gov­ern­ment” response to the challenge. 

He not­ed the “tru­ly his­toric” tri­lat­er­al sum­mit Sec­re­tary of State Hillary Rod­ham Clin­ton host­ed in Wash­ing­ton Dec. 6 in which she, South Kore­an For­eign Min­is­ter Kim Sung-hwan and Japan­ese For­eign Min­is­ter Sei­ji Mae­hara dis­cussed the situation. 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →