US, Japan and S. Korea pledge firm response to North Korea for nuclear missile tests

December 13, 2016 09:57

Nuclear envoys from the US, South Korea, and Japan agreed on Tuesday to work closely together to impose sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear missile tests.

The trilateral meeting was attended by US Special Representative for North Korea Policy, Joseph Y. Yun, his South Korean counterpart Kim Hong-kyun, and Japanese counterpart Kenji Kanasugi. This is the first time the three are meeting after the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions against North Korea in late November.

The UN sanctions were imposed on November 30 aimed at cutting North Korea's annual export revenue by a quarter in response to Pyongyang's fifth and largest nuclear test in September.

Amid South Korea's political scandal and the US President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration, Yun said that there should be no doubt as to the enduring strength and value of the alliance.

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