At the end of their three day meeting in London, foreign ministers from the Group of Seven countries urged North Korea to completely denuclearize and return to negotiations.
South Korea's Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong was also there although Seoul is not part of the G7 as South Korea was invited as guest to the talks this time as well as to the Leaders' Summit in June.
On the sidelines of the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting, the top diplomats of Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo held a trilateral meeting and a separate bilateral between Foreign Minister Chung and Japanese FM Toshimitsu Motegi also took place.
The G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' Meeting - a prelude to the G7 Leaders Summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall come June 11th.
Let's talk about on News In-depth tonight - joining us live Washington is Patrick Cronin, Chair for Asia-Pacific Security at Hudson Institute.
Patrick Cronin, great to have you with us.
I want to first begin with the joint statement issued by the G7 Foreign Ministers upon conclusion of the three-day talks. North Korea was addressed. Nothing new there. They urged North Korea to denuclearize. Again, nothing to be surprised about. But, the wording on the statement - taking it right out of the statement itself: "We remain committed to the goal of complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment of all of the DPRK's unlawful Weapons of Mass Destruction and ballistic missile programs."
For the last couple of years, the term had been complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization - CVID now, apparently, the term they're going ahead with seems to CVIA.
What is the difference and what's the intent behind this?
South Korea's foreign minister was there as an invited guest which means he did not take part in drafting the joint statement. So, even without Seoul's influence, North Korea was front and center at the G7 FM's meeting this year. What does this say about the significance the G7 members, especially the new Biden administration, places on addressing North Korea's WMD issue?
A trilateral meeting between the top diplomats of South Korea, U.S., and Japan was held on the margins of the G7. The State Department said the meeting was meant to "promote trilateral solidarity" and discuss a policy review by President Joe Biden that looks to resume diplomacy with North Korea.
First, let's talk about the Biden administration's North Korea policy that has been described very generally as "calibrated" and "practical" but not in detail, at all.
South Korea says both Seoul and Tokyo have given positive response to the policy which was briefed to them in London. What kind of a North Korea policy do you expect team Biden to have crafted?
Now onto this three-way meeting, it appears the U.S. puts great emphasis on trilateral solidarity and strong security collaboration between the three. Why is that the case?
Countering perceived threat from China and Russia also took center stage during the G7 meeting as the U.S. and UK urged the seven democratic countries to ally against the threats. The U.S. is also strongly pushing the Quad to form a united front against China. How would such 'grouping' impact efforts to denuclearize North Korea?
Patrick Cronin of Hudson Institute, many thanks for your insights this evening. We appreciate it.