By MARI YAMAGUCHI and HARUKA NUGA, Associated Press
TOKYO (AP) — Senior diplomats from Japan, the United States and South Korea urged North Korea on Tuesday to return to talks over its missile and nuclear growth, a day after it introduced it efficiently examined new long-range cruise missiles, indicating an development of its navy capabilities.
The three-way meeting in Tokyo was attended by U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim, South Korea’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk and Japanese Director-General for Asian and Oceanian affairs Takehiro Funakoshi.
U.S. envoy Kim mentioned the three international locations have been open to diplomacy with North Korea “to make tangible progress that will increase the safety of the United States and our allies.” He urged North Korea to “reply positively to our a number of gives to meet with out preconditions.”
Washington and its allies will proceed to work to absolutely implement all U.N. Security Council resolutions in addressing North Korea’s missile growth, he added.
All three agreed on the timeliness of their meeting Tuesday.
“Our trilateral cooperation is important for full denuclearization and everlasting peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Noh mentioned.
On Monday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the assessments of the new missiles confirmed they’ll hit targets 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) away.
North Korea hailed the missiles as a “strategic weapon of nice significance,” suggesting that they have been developed with the intent of arming them with nuclear warheads. North Korea says it wants nuclear weapons to deter what it says is hostility from Washington and Seoul.
On Monday, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi advised member nations that North Korea’s nuclear actions “proceed to be a trigger for critical concern.” Its continuation of its nuclear program is “a transparent violation of related U.N. Security Council resolutions and is deeply regrettable,” he mentioned.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was to arrive in Seoul on Tuesday for talks with South Korean officers on bilateral relations and the freeze in nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.
Wang is scheduled to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong on Wednesday. Chung is predicted search a extra energetic function from Beijing, North Korea’s major ally and financial lifeline, in persuading the North to return to the negotiating desk.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi mentioned earlier than the trilateral meeting that it was a “good event to reconfirm shut cooperation among the many three international locations and focus on the latest North Korean state of affairs.”
Japanese officers and a few consultants mentioned North Korea’s weekend missile assessments have been a “new menace” to the area.
Japan and South Korea are each key allies of the U.S. within the Asia-Pacific area.
Associated Press writers Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul, South Korea, and David Rising in Bangkok contributed to this report.
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