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Japan, U.S., South Korea affirm efforts to denuclearize North Korea

TOKYO 

Senior diplomats from Japan, US, and South Korea agreed Tuesday to continue their efforts toward the denuclearization of North Korea through “dialogue and sanctions,” a Japanese foreign ministry official said.

Their meeting in Tokyo came each day after Pyongyang said it had successfully administered tests of a replacement long-range aircraft over the weekend.

At the outset of the three-way talks, Takehiro Funakoshi, head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, said, “Our cooperation becomes all the more important as North Korea advances furthermore in its nuclear and missile development.”

Sung Kim, U.S. special representative for North Korea, said in response, “We hope the DPRK will respond positively to our multiple offers to satisfy without preconditions.” DPRK is that the acronym of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea’s official name.

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Noh Kyu Duk, South Korea’s special representative for Korea peace and security affairs, mentioned the likelihood of providing humanitarian assistance to North Korea.

U.S.-North Korea denuclearization talks are currently stalled as they need fallen in need of bridging the gap between Washington’s push for complete denuclearization and Pyongyang’s involves sanctions relief.

Washington said Monday it remains able to engage with Pyongyang toward ridding the country of its nuclear weapons even after the North announced the test-firing of the new aircraft.

Us has offered to satisfy “anywhere, anytime without preconditions” with North Korea, but Sung said Pyongyang has yet to reply to Washington’s call.

The new aircraft can hit a target 1,500 kilometers away, consistent with the state-run Korean Central press agency, a variety that might include most of the Japanese archipelago.

The trilateral meeting was last held in June in Seoul.

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