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World US: We we will work in ‘lockstep’ with Japan, S Korea on N Korea

03:20  02 april  2021
03:20  02 april  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States ' approach on North Korea must be done in coordination with its allies, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Thursday ahead of the high-level trilateral meeting with Japan and South Korea .

North Korea test launched two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan last week, underscoring steady progress in its weapons program and ramping up pressure on the new US administration as it reviews its North Korea policy. "Close coordination between Japan , the United States and South Korea is indispensable in dealing with North Korea and maintaining regional stability," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a regular news conference. Asked about media reports that Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi would visit Washington in April to meet his US and

Denuclearisation will remain at the centre of United States policy towards North Korea and any approach to Pyongyang will have to be done in “lockstep” with close allies, including Japan and South Korea, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday.

Kim Jong-un sitting in front of a mirror posing for the camera: In the wake of last week's North Korean ballistic missile tests, the US State Department says 'denuclearisation will remain at the centre of American policy towards North Korea', even as President Joe Biden does not intend to meet with Kim Jong Un [File: KCNA via Reuters] © In the wake of last week's North Korean ballistic missile tests, the US State Department says 'denuc... In the wake of last week's North Korean ballistic missile tests, the US State Department says 'denuclearisation will remain at the centre of American policy towards North Korea', even as President Joe Biden does not intend to meet with Kim Jong Un [File: KCNA via Reuters]

Price made the comments at a regular media briefing in Washington ahead of a scheduled meeting between President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and his counterparts from Japan and South Korea.

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But South Korean and US views of the world, the region, and North Korea were no longer in lockstep with each other. Differences began to emerge. For the United States , North Korea became another flashpoint for regional conflict to be managed and was no longer a second front in a global ideological standoff Meanwhile, US efforts to enhance global security cooperation with Japan foundered on long-standing constraints imposed by Japan ' s postwar peace constitution, and a historic shift in power to the Democratic Party of Japan shifted the main focus of the US - Japan alliance to the question of

Price said the meeting would be an opportunity to share where the Biden administration is in its review of US policy towards North Korea and for the representatives of Japan and South Korea to share their perspectives.

“I wouldn’t want to prejudge the conclusion of any ongoing review, but we have said that denuclearisation will remain at the centre of American policy towards North Korea,” Price said.

“We also know that any approach to North Korea, in order to be effective, will be one that we will have to execute in lockstep with our close allies, including in this case, our treaty allies, Japan and South Korea,” he said.

Sullivan is to meet his Japanese counterpart Shigeru Kitamura and South Korea counterpart Suh Hoon at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis on April 2.

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Japan will coordinate closely with the United States and South Korea in dealing with North Korea , with the aim of resolving the issue of Japanese abductees and denuclearising North Korea , a top Japanese government spokesman said on Wednesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato added that nothing has been decided about a planned meeting between the foreign ministers of Japan , the United States , and South Korea .

North Korea test launched two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan last week, underscoring steady progress in its weapons programme and ramping up pressure on the new U . S . administration as it reviews its North Korea policy. "Close coordination between Japan , the United States and South Korea is indispensable in dealing with North Korea and maintaining regional stability," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a regular news conference. Asked about media reports that Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi would visit Washington in April to meet his U . S . and

The Biden administration has been simultaneously signaling a hard line on human rights, denuclearisation and sanctions in its North Korea policy, while making diplomatic overtures that administration officials say have been rebuffed by Pyongyang.

Biden said on Thursday the United States remained open to diplomacy with North Korea despite its ballistic missile tests last week, but warned there would be responses if North Korea escalates matters.

Biden does not intend to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said on Monday.

Former President Donald Trump met with Kim three times but failed to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang said the Biden administration had taken a wrong first step and revealed “deep-seated hostility” by criticising what it called a self-defensive missile test.

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