The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke Friday with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Park Jin ahead of the Secretary’s travel to the People’s Republic of China. The Secretary emphasized the United States’ commitment to responsibly manage the U.S.-PRC relationship. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister condemned the DPRK’s continued unlawful ballistic missile launches and noted the need for the PRC to use its influence to encourage Pyongyang to engage in serious and sustained diplomacy. The Secretary reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad commitment to the defense of the ROK. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Park discussed the importance of sustained U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation in advancing economic prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and in strengthening the rules-based international order. The Secretary thanked his counterpart for the ROK’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.