US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong last Saturday in Hawaii, discussing threats posed by North Korea and other shared concerns following a series of missile tests.

“But we increasingly recognize that if we’re going to meet the complex challenges of our time – and take full advantage of the opportunities for our people – the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the United States must do more together. We have to learn to do trilaterally what’s become natural to do bilaterally,” said Blinken at the press conference.

As North Korea’s recent testing of its Hwasong-12, an intermediate-range ballistic missile that’s capable of reaching US territories such as Guam destabilizing the region, the three countries discussed how they were going to coordinate to contain North Korea and promote global security. The countries involved also deeply condemned these ballistic missile launches by nuclear-capable North Korea.

In this light, the three countries have pledged to expand their collaboration and cooperation efforts across security and economic efforts regionally and globally. It also called on North Korea to cease its unlawful activities and invited the hermit country into diplomatic dialogues, and that the three countries did not have hostile intent towards Pyongyang and its leader, Kim Jong-Un.