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Japan, US, S. Korea to Curb N. Korean Nuclear

(MENAFN - Gulf Times)  Japan, the United States and South Korea called for denuclearization of North Korea and vowed to promote trilateral cooperation to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development and further provocative actions, Japan's News Agency (Kyodo) reported. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan Jin shared the view North Korea's de-facto long-range missile test in December and its third nuclear test in February pose a "serious threat" to security in Northeast Asia and the world, the three ministers said in a joint statement issued after a meeting in Singapore. The ministers demanded North Korea comply with requirements of UN Security Council resolutions, such as abandoning its nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, the statement said. "We agreed to act together (against North Korea) and promote defense cooperation" among the three countries, Onodera said after the meeting. Underlining Onodera's comment, a senior U.S. Defense Department official said, "It is imperative that we work together. No one nation can really deal with this range of challenges adequately by itself." The ministers agreed to cooperate in the areas of cybersecurity and missile defense, according to the U.S. official. It was the first gathering of the three defense ministers since North Korea conveyed to Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 24 its readiness to rejoin the six-party denuclearization talks, raising hope for an easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula that had escalated after a missile launch and nuclear test by North Korea, and a torrent of war-like rhetoric against South Korea and the United States. The six-party talks involving North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States have been stalled since December 2008.
Japan, US, S. Korea to Curb N. Korean Nuclear