The United States, South Korea and Japan issue a joint statement on North Korea

The US, South Korea and Japan issue a joint statement on North Korea - Photo 1.

From left: Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Mori Takeo, South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun Dong and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman pose for a photo before their meeting in Seoul, South Korea on June 8 – Photo : REUTERS

At the same time, they urged Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table and accept offers of COVID-19 support in the context that the country is dealing with its first outbreak.

According to Reuters, South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun Dong, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Mori Takeo issued the above joint statement after a trilateral meeting in Seoul, South Korea. Country.

The meeting of the vice foreign ministers of South Korea, the United States and Japan comes just three days after North Korea conducted a new missile launch.

During the meeting, senior diplomats from the three countries emphasized the urgency and seriousness of North Korea’s increasing weapons tests.

South Korea and the United States have previously warned that North Korea is ready to conduct its seventh nuclear test, and its first since 2017.

The deputy foreign ministers of the United States, South Korea and Japan have also urged North Korea to abide by international sanctions and immediately stop actions that “escalate tensions or destabilize the region,” the statement said. general stated.

The trio also pledged to strengthen trilateral security cooperation to deter threats from North Korea, with Sherman reaffirming US commitments, including expanding deterrence capabilities.

“They emphasized that the path to serious dialogue is still open, and urged North Korea to return to negotiations, while also expressing hope that North Korea would respond positively to international proposals.” on supporting the fight against COVID-19,” the joint statement added.

Pyongyang conducted at least 18 weapons tests in 2022.

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