South Korea, US and Japan envoys to discuss North Korea

Foreign Ministers from South Korea, US and Japan will hold a trilateral meeting in Seoul to eliminate rising of North Korean threat in the region

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

South Korean Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that a trilateral meeting will take place next week in Seoul with the participation of South Korea, the United States and Japan to discuss North Korea's current nuclear situation.

“The sides will share assessments of recent situations in North Korea and its threats during the two days meeting,” the Ministry said as quoted by Korea Herald.

“They will also have in-depth consultations on various ways for substantive progress in dealing with the North Korean nuclear issue in terms of deterrence, pressure and dialogue," also added.   

South Korean chief nuclear envoy, Hwang Joon-kook, is to meet with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts, Sung Kim and Junichi Ihara for two days starting May 26 in Seoul.

A trilateral meeting decision came after the North Korea claimed that it had the capability of miniaturizing and diversifying nuclear warheads to mount them onto ballistic missiles in an official statement which was released on Wednesday.

In the statement also said that North Korea’s short- and medium- range rockets are well long-range rockets that entered the phase of securing the highest accuracy rate.

North Korea also announced on May 9 that it had successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

Following the announcement, South Korea, US and Japan expressed concerns over the test-launch, claiming it is a violation of UN resolutions which bans the North Korea to conduct any launch based on ballistic missile technology.   

Negotiations between six world powers -North and South Korea, Japan, the United States, China and Russia- began in August 2003 to discuss denuclearization of North Korea.

Six-party talks have demanded North Korea give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic and diplomatic benefits, and security guarantees but the talks have been stalled since 2008.   

US Secretary of State John Kerry said North Korea did not to come close to denuclearization negotiations during his South Korea visit on Monday.   

During his speech, Kerry blamed North Korea for making threats and violating international law by continuing its provocative nuclear and missile activity in the region.

TRTWorld and agencies