US, Japan, South Korea nuclear envoys meet after Pyongyang check

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Countries wish to revive talks on denuclearisation, which have been stalled for 2 years.

Top nuclear envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea held talks in Tokyo on Tuesday to debate North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes, a day after Pyongyang stated it examined a brand new long-range cruise missile.

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Analysts stated the weapon, described by North Korean state media as “strategic”, may have nuclear capabilities.

“The recent developments in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] are a reminder of the importance of close communication and cooperation from the three countries,” Sung Kim, the United States particular envoy for North Korea, stated in his opening remarks, utilizing the initials for the nation’s official identify.

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The three nations have been discussing methods to interrupt a standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, which have drawn worldwide sanctions.

In assembly together with his Japanese counterpart Takehiro Funakoshi and South Korean counterpart Noh Kyu-duk, Kim stated Washington remained open to diplomacy to take care of North Korea points.

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The White House has stated the US was nonetheless ready to have interaction with Pyongyang regardless of the latest missile check.

US President Joe Biden’s administration introduced a new approach to North Korea in May, saying it was nonetheless pursuing denuclearisation however that it was not ready to supply any ‘grand bargain’ to Pyongyang.

The Biden coverage could be calibrated and sensible and focussed on diplomacy, officers stated on the time.

Denuclearisation talks have been stalled since 2019, with North Korea demanding sanctions reduction.

Pyongyang has stated it sees no signal of any coverage change from Washington.

While the US is an in depth army and financial ally of each Japan and South Korea, ties between the Asian neighbours have typically been strained over points together with sovereignty disputes, Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of the Korean peninsula, and their wartime historical past.


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