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North Korea is again being asked by the United States and others to return to talks discussing its nuclear weapons and missile development.
Senior diplomats from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, calling on North Korea to enter diplomatic relations to discuss its weapons a day after Pyongyang announced successful tests of new long-range missiles.
North Korea says it tested long-range cruise missiles
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it successfully test fired what it described as newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, its first known testing activity in months, underscoring how it continues to expand its military capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States. The Korean Central News Agency said Monday the cruise missiles, which had been under development for two years, successfully hit targets 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) away during flight tests on Saturday and Sunday.
Representatives at the 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.
Kim asked for North Korea to "respond positively to our multiple offers to meet without preconditions," and reopen diplomatic relations.
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U.S. envoy Kim said the three countries were open to diplomacy with the North "as we see to make tangible progress that increases the security of the United States and our allies."
Washington and its allies will continue to work to fully implement allSecurity Council resolutions in addressing North Korea's missile development, he added.
China Says North Korea Should 'Exercise Restraint' to Reach Political Goals With West
China did not respond to questions about North Korea's newest missile tests, instead urging all parties involved to "actively engage in dialogue and contact."North Korea has long attempted to use the threat of nuclear weapons as a response to what it claims is hostility from the U.S. and South Korea, the AP said. At the same time, it has sought to apply pressure to remove sanctions against it and receive economic aid.
On Monday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the new missiles showed they can hit targets 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) away.
North Korea 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.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was also set to arrive in Seoul on Tuesday for talks with South Korean officials over 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 expected seek a more active role from Beijing, Pyongyang's main ally and economic lifeline, in persuading the North to return to the negotiation table.
South Korea Plans 'Comprehensive Review' of North Korea Policy Amid Talks with U.S., Japan
A South Korean Unification Ministry official told Newsweek that the country would "make a comprehensive review on its policy stance including its foreign policy."The review and trilateral discussion held Tuesday in Tokyo take place in the wake of a North Korea military parade last Thursday, which was followed by the test-firing of long-range cruise missiles on Saturday and Sunday.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told a regular news conference earlier 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."
Japanese officials and some experts said North Korea's weekend missile test-firing was a "new threat" to the region.
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