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World Japan, US, S Korea discuss N Korea day after missile launch

06:30  14 september  2021
06:30  14 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Senior diplomats from Japan , the United States and South Korea are gathering in Tokyo to discuss North Korea ’ s missile and nuclear development the day after Pyongyang announced it successfully test fired a new long-range cruise missiles . Japanese officials and some experts said North Korea ’ s weekend missile test-firing was a “new threat” to the region. On Monday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the missiles showed they can hit targets 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) away.

Officials discussed measures to curb North Korea ' s ballistic missile and nuclear program during talks in Tokyo. But tensions between Japan and South Korea continue to simmer. Despite strong international pressure, North Korea has refused to abandon its nuclear program. South Korea ' s Choi stayed away from discussing China at the meeting, emphasizing the importance of maintaining dialogue with North Korea instead. Seoul worries about being caught in the middle of deteriorating relations between the US and its biggest trading partner in recent years.

TOKYO (AP) — Senior diplomats from Japan, the United States and South Korea gathered Tuesday in Tokyo to discuss North Korea's missile and nuclear development a day after Pyongyang announced it successfully tested new long-range cruise missiles, suggesting advancement of its military capabilities.

Japanese Foreign Ministry's Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Takehiro Funakoshi, center, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, left, and South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk prepare to attend their trilateral meeting on North Korea's issues at Foreign Ministry Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 n Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) © Provided by Associated Press Japanese Foreign Ministry's Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Takehiro Funakoshi, center, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, left, and South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk prepare to attend their trilateral meeting on North Korea's issues at Foreign Ministry Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 n Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, attends a trilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Ministry's Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Takehiro Funakoshi and South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk on North Korea's issues at Foreign Ministry Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 n Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) © Provided by Associated Press U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, attends a trilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Ministry's Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Takehiro Funakoshi and South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk on North Korea's issues at Foreign Ministry Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 n Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The three-way meeting included 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 Japan's Director-General for Asian and Oceanian affairs Takehiro Funakoshi.

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North Korean state media has reported that the country carried out tests of its new long-range cruise missile . The launch took place over the weekend, and saw the missile successfully hit its target, according to the report. The tests were carried out over the course of two days , on Saturday North Korea has repeatedly threatened to resume testing of its long-range missiles after denuclearization talks with former US president Donald Trump fell through. The negotiations stalled when Washington refused to offer partial relief of sanctions, demanding Pyongyang dismantle its nuclear program first.

The US has been calling for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, and Pyongyang' s relationship with President Joe Biden' s administration has so far been fraught with tension. Japan and North Korea also have enduring tensions rooted in Japan ' s 35-year colonisation of Korea , Pyongyang' s pursuit of The latest launch comes just days after a scaled-down military parade was held in Pyongyang to mark the communist state ' s 73rd founding anniversary. It did not display any major ballistic missiles , however it did feature workers in hazmat suits which may have been a sign that a special force has

Japanese Foreign Ministry's Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Takehiro Funakoshi prepares to speak during a trilateral meeting with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, and South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk on North Korean issue at Foreign Ministry Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 n Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) © Provided by Associated Press Japanese Foreign Ministry's Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Takehiro Funakoshi prepares to speak during a trilateral meeting with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, and South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk on North Korean issue at Foreign Ministry Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 n Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told a regular news conference Tuesday that the trilateral meeting had been scheduled before North Korea’s test-firing of the missiles, but the meeting the day after would be a “good occasion to reconfirm close cooperation among the three countries and discuss the latest North Korean situation.”

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North Korea ' s latest missile launch . According to North Korea ' s state -run outlet, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the secretive country launched a number of advanced missiles during the weekend. They reportedly flew in figure-of-eight or oval flight patterns for around 1,500 kilometers (932 "This activity highlights [ North Korea ' s ] continuing focus on developing its military program and the threats that poses to its neighbors and the international community," it said. "The US commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains ironclad." Attracting attention from the US .

N . Korea ' s latest missile launch carries ominious message. Top nuclear envoys of South Korea and Japan held talks in Tokyo on Monday to discuss ways to bring North Korea back to dialogue. This amid growing tensions caused by the North ' s missile launches over the weekend. During Monday' s meeting, Seoul' s chief nuclear negotiator, Noh Kyu-duk, and his Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi, were expected to explore ways to encourage the North ' s return to dialogue through humanitarian aid and other incentives as well as touch on the regime' s recent missile launches .

Japanese officials and some experts said North Korea’s weekend missile test-firing was a “new threat” to the region.

On Monday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the missiles showed they can hit targets 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) away.

The North hailed its new missiles as a “strategic weapon of great significance,” suggesting that they were developed with the intent to arm them with nuclear warheads. North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons in order to deter what it claims is hostility from Washington and Seoul.

South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk, right, speaks during a trilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Ministry's Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Takehiro Funakoshi and U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim on North Korea's issues at Foreign Ministry Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 n Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) © Provided by Associated Press South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk, right, speaks during a trilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Ministry's Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Takehiro Funakoshi and U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim on North Korea's issues at Foreign Ministry Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 n Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan and South Korea are separate key allies for the U.S. presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

North Korea fires ballistic missiles in 2nd test in a week

  North Korea fires ballistic missiles in 2nd test in a week North Korea fired two ballistic missiles toward the East Sea on Wednesday, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. Your browser does not support this video The missiles were launched from central North Korea and soared nearly 500 miles before landing in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. It's the second time this week that the reclusive country has test-launched missiles. "North Korea fired two unidentified ballistic missiles off its East Coast," the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea told ABC News in a statement Wednesday. "South Korea and the U.S.

The US , South Korea and Japan have kick-started a two- day missile warning drills over the Korean Peninsula to practice the cross-navy capabilities in detecting and tracking any potential North Korean ballistic missiles , South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The drills off the Korean Peninsula begin amid heightened tensions around Pyongyang’ s nuclear and missile test launches . North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on September 3, forcing the UN Security Council to introduce new sanctions.

TOKYO (Sputnik) - The new long-range missile that was test-fired by North Korea over the weekend did not reach Japan ’ s airspace or territorial waters and did 13.09.2021, Sputnik International.

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Associated Press writer Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this report.

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Patrick Cronin: Thank you for joining Hudson Institute’s discussion today on Kim Jong-un and Arms Racing in Northeast Asia. I’m Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific Security Chair at Hudson, and I am delighted today to be joined by my distinguished colleague, Alex Wong, who among many other achievements recently served as the Deputy Special Representative for North Korea at the State Department. Jean Lee of the Wilson Center, a pioneer in the on-the-ground reporting inside North Korea, and Ankit Panda, the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of the outstanding book, Kim Jong-un and the Bomb: Survi

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