To discuss the denuclearization of North Korea, Seoul's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk on Friday held a virtual meeting with diplomats from Washington and Tokyo.
Noh spoke with the U.S. State Department's Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Sung Kim, and the Japanese foreign ministry's Director-General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs, Takehiro Funakoshi. ( )
They shared their assessments of the current situation in North Korea, and agreed to work together for complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. State Department emphasized the importance of trilateral cooperation, saying the Biden Administration is "committed" to strengthening U.S. alliance relationships, particularly with their "key Northeast Asian allies", South Korea and Japan.
In a statement, the department said the three representatives discussed the ongoing U.S.' policy review toward North Korea.
U.S. think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on Thursday revealed satellite imagery indicating some minor developments at North Korea's Yusang-ni missile base.
According to the report, satellite imagery from January and February showed that a new maintenance building has been constructed while some buildings have been demolished.
The images also showed that a driver training course was added sometime between mid-2019 and late-2020, strategically important for ballistic missile units equipped with large transporter erector launchers.
The base has been reported to be equipped with intercontinental ballistic missiles never declared by the regime.
The report says because of the inherent threat by North Korean ICBMs carrying nuclear warheads at Yusang-ni and other ballistic missile bases, they should be included in any future denuclearization agreements.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.