SEOUL, South Korea – In a trilateral meeting held in Seoul, United States, Japan and South Korea voiced their concerns, after reports indicated that North Korea might be preparing for its fifth nuclear test.
Recent satellite images had revealed increased movement at North Korea’s nuclear site.
Days after the report was released, officials have held senior level diplomatic talks to discuss the joint measures if North Korea continues to defy the United Nations Security Council resolution that has banned its nuclear and ballistic missile development.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki participated in the meeting on April 19.
Post the meeting all officials addressed a joint press conference and South Korea’s Sung-nam said resolving the North Korea issue was one of “utmost urgency and significance to our three nations.”
He added, “If the North goes ahead with a fifth nuclear test, the U.N. Security Council would take correspondingly significant measures, but regarding the details of the measures that would be included in the additional resolution, it would be premature to give you my expectation.”
Sung-nam was referring to the Security Council Resolution 2270 that was passed in March and includes the provision for additional sanctions against Pyongyang if it commits further nuclear or missile provocations. READ MORE