Nuke Envoys of S. Korea, Japan Discuss N. Korea Missile Provocations

Seoul, – Top nuclear envoys of South Korea and Japan vowed on Thursday to closely work together to cope with North Korea’s continued missile provocations, the foreign ministry said.

Kim Hong-kyun, special representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, and his Japanese counterpart Kenji Kanasugi, held talks via phone and shared the view that the North’s provocations would only lead to toughening sanctions, according to the ministry.

The brief talks followed just one day after the North fired off two medium-range missiles, with one flying about 1,000km before landing in waters near Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

“The two shared the view that the latest ballistic missile launches are a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and that they pose a serious threat to peace and stability in the international community,” the ministry said, according to Yonhap news agency.

“They also came to a consensus that continued provocations would lead the international community to toughen sanctions on the North. They promised to have close consultations among South Korea, Japan and the United States to map out countermeasures including those through the Security Council”.

The ministry said that Kim will also talk with his U.S. counterpart Sung Kim via telephone at night to discuss cooperation in dealing with the North’s latest missile tests.

South Korea, Japan and the United States are members of the long-halted six-party talks. The multilateral talks set up to resolve the North’s nuke issue were last held in late 2008.

Source: Qatar News Agency