S.Korea, U.S., Japan Opt Against Fresh N.Korea Nuke Talks

      June 02, 2016 11:32

      The South Korean, U.S. and Japanese negotiators in stalled six-party talks with North Korea on Wednesday agreed that pressure rather than negotiations are necessary in dealing with the Kim Jong-un regime.

      The three envoys met in Tokyo.

      "Firm international pressure needs to continue" to get North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons and missile programs, South Korea's chief negotiator Kim Hong-kyun told reporters.

      Kim added that the three countries will "further encourage" the implementation of UN Security Council sanctions against the North and bolster their roles in implementing them.

      The envoys met on the 90th day since UNSC Resolution 2270 against North Korea was passed to assess its effectiveness and discuss their future moves.

      The meeting was overshadowed by an unexpected visit to China by senior North Korean official Ri Su-yong, who told his hosts that his country's nuclear program is "permanent."

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