April 21, 2017 10:18 am JST

Japan, US, South Korea nuclear envoys to meet Tues. on North Korea

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Senior officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea will hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss ways to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday.

The talks in Tokyo will be held between Kenji Kanasugi, director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Joseph Yun, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and Kim Hong Kyun, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs at the South Korean Foreign Ministry.

They are expected to consult each other on joint responses to North Korea, which has test-fired multiple ballistic missiles and shows signs of conducting its sixth nuclear test.

Japan and South Korea are both allies of the United States, which has said "all options are on the table," including military ones, in dealing with Pyongyang.

"Japan urges North Korea to immediately halt its actions that violate U.N. Security Council resolutions," Kishida told reporters. The resolutions ban the country from conducting nuclear tests and using ballistic missile technology.

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