U.S., South Korea and Japan agree to apply joint pressure on North Korea

Pyongyang wants to force it to abandon its nuclear program and build ballistic missiles

In a joint statement issued after the trilateral talks, U.S., South Korean and Japanese representatives said they agreed on an approach to denuclearize North Korea.

The three countries stressed the need for the international community to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea and cooperate to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, Reuters reported.

The talks, held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, were attended by U.S. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan, his Japanese counterpart Shigeru Kitamura and South Korean national security adviser Suh Hoon. The talks came amid rising tensions over North Korea’s missile launch last week.

Last week, U.S. President Joe Biden said the United States remained open to diplomatic talks with North Korea despite the ballistic missile test. However, he warned of possible retaliation if the situation escalated.

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