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U.S., Japan, South Korea urge North Korea to cease 'unlawful activities'

Foreign ministers release joint statement in Hawaii

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi walk out together at the end of a joint press availability in Honolulu, Feb. 12, 2022.   © AP

HONOLULU (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met his Japanese and South Korean counterparts Saturday in Hawaii to discuss the threat posed by nuclear-armed North Korea after Pyongyang began the year with a series of missile tests.

Blinken said at a news conference after the meeting that North Korea was "in a phase of provocation" and the three countries condemned the recent missile launches.

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