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Biden, Kishida and Yoon discuss threat of North Korea nuclear test

First three-way summit since 2017 focuses on detection and deterrence

From left, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met in Madrid on June 29.   © Reuters

MADRID -- The leaders of the U.S., Japan and South Korea held their first in-person trilateral meeting in nearly five years on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Spain on Wednesday, discussing how to handle North Korea's flurry of missile launches and the possibility of a seventh nuclear test.

In the roughly 20-minute talks, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol confirmed they will coordinate their response should Pyongyang test another nuclear weapon.

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