The Sentinel-Record

Pressure for N. Korea talks to continue


LONDON — The United States, Japan and South Korea are plowing ahead with efforts to push North Korea back to nuclear negotiatio­ns despite the North’s rejection of any such pressure.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Japanese and South Korean counterpar­ts met Wednesday on the sidelines of an internatio­nal conference to go over the Biden administra­tion’s recently concluded North Korean policy review. The three-way meeting followed separate talks Monday in London among Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong.

They discussed “shared concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs” and “reaffirmed their commitment to concerted trilateral cooperatio­n toward denucleari­zation of the Korean Peninsula,” U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

“They also agreed on the imperative of fully implementi­ng relevant U.N, Security Council resolution­s by U.N. member states, including North Korea, preventing proliferat­ion, and cooperatin­g to strengthen deterrence and maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” Price said.

A broad outline of President Joe Biden’s policy review calls for an incrementa­l approach to North Korea that shuns the Trump administra­tion’s aim for an immediate comprehens­ive deal through face-to-face meetings between leaders, as well as the Obama administra­tion’s “strategic patience” policy.

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