US special envoy for North Korea policy Sung Kim speaks during a meeting with representatives of South Korea and Japan in Tokyo on September 14 – Photo: REUTERS
The meeting in Tokyo (Japan) on September 14 was attended by the US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim, the South Korean Special Envoy for Peace on the Korean Peninsula Noh Kyu Duk, and the Director General. In charge of Asia – Oceania affairs Takehiro Funakoshi.
The Vietnam News Agency said the three top diplomats are pushing forward efforts to resume dialogue with North Korea amid signs Pyongyang has restarted a nuclear reactor.
At the trilateral meeting, US special envoy Sung Kim affirmed that the US, Japan and South Korea are all willing to use diplomatic channels with North Korea, because “we see tangible progress that helps strengthen the security of the United States and its allies”.
Kim called on North Korea to “react positively to our requests to meet without any conditions.”
According to Kim, the United States and its allies will continue to make efforts to fully implement all United Nations Security Council resolutions on the issue of North Korea’s missile development.
Earlier on September 13, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said the country had successfully launched a new type of missile, and that the missile could hit the target within a range of 1,500 km.
North Korea hailed the missile as a very important strategic weapon, hinting that the missile was developed with the aim of being able to integrate a nuclear warhead in response to “hostile action” from the US. and Korea.
According to AP, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also visited South Korea on September 14 to discuss with South Korean officials about bilateral relations, as well as the freeze in handling the North Korean nuclear issue.
According to the schedule, Mr. Wang Yi will have a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui Yong on September 15. Chung is expected to expect China to play a more proactive role in North Korea, as Beijing is Pyongyang’s closest ally. Specifically, the South Korean side hopes that China will persuade North Korea to return to the negotiating table.