Washington: The US, Japan and South Korea have held a tri-lateral meeting here during which the three countries discussed a wide range of global and regional issues, with the current situation in Burma and Korean Peninsula dominating the summit.
"These discussions reflect the close cooperation between the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, as well as our common values and interests across the Asia-Pacific and the globe," the State Department said in a statement after the meeting on Tuesday.
"In the meetings, we reaffirmed our commitment to the September 19, 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks, including its core goal of the verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner," it said.
The three countries also discussed the importance of improvement in inter-Korean relations and resolution of the abductions issue with the North Korea.
"Building on previous trilateral meetings, the discussions were productive and will help deepen their cooperation as they move forward on important initiatives in 2012 and beyond, the State Department said, adding that the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks forward to meeting her counterparts during a meeting at the ministerial level later this year.
"We will maintain our close bilateral and trilateral coordination throughout the year. We also look forward to engage with China, Russia, and other key partners on these important regional issues," it said.