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Japan, U.S., S. Korea agree to pressure N. Korea

Jiji Press SINGAPORE/SEOUL (Jiji Press) — Senior officials of Japan, the United States and South Korea have confirmed their countries’ cooperation to add pressure on North Korea through the U.N. Security Council and other forums, following Pyongyang’s test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile in early July.

At their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, the three countries’ chief negotiators in the so-called six-party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear program also shared the view that China and Russia need to play a more constructive role over North Korean issues.

After the meeting, Kenji Kanasugi, Japan’s top representative in the multilateral talks, told reporters that he explained to the U.S. and South Korean sides that Tokyo is “seriously considering” various measures for putting pressure on North Korea in the most effective way, after Washington already announced its sanctions on the reclusive country.

But Kanasugi, director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, stopped short of going into details.

According to South Korea’s Foreign Ministry, the three officials, also including Joseph Yun, special representative for North Korea policy at the U.S. State Department, and Kim Hong Kyun, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs at the South Korean ministry, agreed that North Korea’s ICBM test is a serious provocation.

They affirmed the three allies’ intention to take decisive actions against North Korea, including the adoption of a new sanctions resolution at the U.N. Security Council, according to the ministry.Speech

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