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S. Korea, U.S. Japan FMs discuss end-of-war declaration, N. Korea's latest weapons developments Updated: 2021-09-23 19:04:18 KST


Meeting in New York, the foreign ministers of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan discussed the end-of-war declaration and North Korea's latest moves to develop nuclear weapons and missiles.
They met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, all three together for the first time in about four months.
In Tuesday's General Assembly speech, President Moon called for an official end-of-war declaration by the parties to the conflict, including the U.S. and China.

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"During the meeting, we explained to the U.S. and Japanese sides that the end-of-war declaration could provide key momentum to the Korean Peninsula peace process. And the U.S. paid close attention to our explanation."
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The South Korean foreign ministry says the three ministers agreed to bolster diplomatic efforts aimed at making substantive progress on the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
After the meeting, South Korean foreign minister Chung Eui-yong held separate talks with his American counterpart Antony Blinken.
Chung and Blinken agreed on the urgency of dialogue with the North and had an in-depth discussion about "creative and various" ways to engage with the regime.

The U.S. State Department says Blinken reaffirmed Washington's commitment to "continued consultation and cooperation" with Seoul and Tokyo for complete denuclearization.
The U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, also joined Wednesday's trilateral meeting, which may have included discussions on humanitarian aid to North Korea.

When it comes to global issues, the ministers discussed climate and pandemic issues as well as the situations in Afghanistan and Myanmar.
The State Department says the top diplomats also discussed securing supply chains.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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