The Washington Post

Concerns grow over possible nuclear test

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The nuclear envoys of Japan, South Korea and the United States agreed Wednesday to strengthen security ties in the face of potential “provocatio­n” from North Korea in the form of a nuclear test.

North Korea has conducted an unusual number of missile launches this year, while the United States has warned that Pyongyang could sell weapons to Russia for use in Ukraine.

Wednesday’s meeting in Tokyo followed similar talks in the past two months, amid signs North Korea may be about to conduct its first nuclear test since 2017.

“North Korea is continuing and even accelerati­ng its nuclear and missile capabiliti­es, and there is a looming chance of further provocatio­n,” Japanese envoy Takehiro Funakoshi said Wednesday. “... At the same time, we remain open to entertaini­ng dialogue with North Korea.”

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