Senior envoys from Japan, the United States, and South Korea met in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss North Korea’s missile and nuclear developments the day after Pyongyang’s new long-range cruise missile was tested.
According to the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), analysts expressed concern about the latest test of a missile known as a “significant strategic weapon.”
The weapon system was tested on September 11 and 12, the most important since President Joe Biden took office in January. Analysts say this missile may be the first such weapon in this communist country with nuclear capabilities.
“The United States is not hostile to North Korea,” Biden’s special envoy for North Korea, Kim Sung, said in an opening speech in Tokyo, using the initials of the official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to refer to the communist country.
He added: “We hope that North Korea can actively respond to our unconditional fulfillment of many proposals.”
North Korea has previously ignored the Biden administration’s proposal to resume negotiations to abandon its nuclear program. In January of this year, just a few hours after Biden’s inauguration, North Korea tested a cruise missile, and in March it tested a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile.
President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times during his four-year term. He was the first American president to set foot on North Korean territory, but the authoritarian leader ignored the request to abandon nuclear and missile programs. In exchange for sanctions relief.
During the meeting between the U.S. special envoy and the Japanese Foreign Minister Fu Hiroshi Funoshi and the South Korean Foreign Minister Noguid, he stated that all three countries agreed to move toward the complete denuclearization of North Korea through diplomatic channels.
“The three countries all agree that we should continue on the diplomatic path… but the main goal is the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Kim told Reuters.
North Korea welcomes this new type of missile, calling it a “significant” weapon, implying that its development purpose is to arm it with nuclear warheads. The cruise missile can hit a target 930 miles away.
For many years, North Korea’s main supporter, the Communist Party of China, is likely to provide North Korea with funding, high technology, front companies, and diplomatic cover during its development of nuclear weapons. Previously, China had also diplomatically protected North Korea from tougher sanctions in the United Nations to strengthen existing sanctions since 2006.
If these countries consider future contacts, it seems that any joint approach to communist countries also needs to consider China, a totalitarian ally.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to arrive in Seoul on September 14 to hold talks with South Korean officials on bilateral relations and freezing nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said at a regular press conference earlier on Tuesday that the trilateral meeting was originally scheduled to be held before North Korea’s missile test, but the meeting on the next day would be a “good opportunity to reconfirm the close cooperation of the three countries.” And discuss the latest situation in North Korea. “
Japanese officials and some experts said that North Korea’s missile test over the weekend posed a “new threat” to the region.
North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons to stop what it claims is hostility from Washington and Seoul.
Anders Corr and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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