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S. Korea, U.S., Japan Call on N. Korea to Stop Provocations Updated: 2012-05-22 12:00:00 KST

S. Korea, U.S., Japan Call on N. Korea to Stop Provocations
South Korea, the United States and Japan have called on North Korea once again to stop further provocations and to fulfill denuclearization promises previously made to the international community.
Meeting in Seoul one month after Pyeongyang's failed rocket launch, the top nuclear envoys of the three countries agreed to take unified and coordinated action, should the Kim Jong-un regime carry out another provocation, such as a third nuclear test that many predict could come soon.
However, the nuclear negotiators' message on Monday was that there is still an opportunity for North Korea to re-engage with the world and enhance the livelihoods of its people.
In fact, earlier this year, the new leadership in Pyeongyang seemed to be on track to normalizing relations with Washington, and the international community, when it agreed to suspend nuclear and missile activities, in return for U.S. food aid.
The U.S. representative then urged North Korea to demonstrate not just in words, but with action, that it wants to re-engage and become a responsible member of the international community, starting with abiding by commitments made with six-party member nations in 2005.


[Reporter : Choi You-sun
yschoi@arirang.co.kr] "Officials from the three countries say that China and Russia, who are traditionally more lenient when it comes to North Korea, share their views on North Korea's nuclear ambitions and engage in close consultations to resolve the nuclear issue.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News."
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