Pyongyang wants to be forced to abandon the nuclear program and the creation of ballistic missiles
In a joint statement released after the trilateral talks, representatives from the United States, South Korea, and Japan announced an agreement on an approach to denuclearizing North Korea.
The three countries stressed the need for the international community to fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea, and cooperate to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, Reuters reported.
The talks, held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, were attended by US President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, his Japanese counterpart Shigeru Kitamura and South Korean National Security Adviser Suh Hoon. The talks came amid rising tensions amid North Korean missile launches last week.
US President Joe Biden said last week that the United States remains open to diplomatic talks with North Korea despite ballistic missile tests. However, he warned about possible retaliatory actions in case of exacerbation of the situation.