TOKYO, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- A trilateral joint statement released here Thursday said that a potential nuclear test of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) posts threats to international and region peace and security.
The statement, issued by defense officials from Japan, South Korea and the United States after their meeting in Japan's Defense Ministry, said the nuclear test, along with DPRK's rocket launch last December, threatened the peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the entire Northeastern Asia.
It urged the DPRK not to carry out the nuclear test, saying the DPRK has to take the responsibility of the aftermath of its further provocative acts, including the nuclear test.
The three nations also said they will seek cooperation with China and Russia to dissuade the DPRK from launching its third nuclear test.
The DPRK on Jan. 24 said that it will launch more rockets and a higher-level nuclear test after the UN Security Council approved a resolution condemning its last December's rocket launch.
SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- South Korea is considering drawing up stronger sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) if it conducts another nuclear test, local media reported Thursday.
The government is considering consultations with the United States, China and Japan over sanctions stronger than the ones imposed under the UN resolution 2087, adopted earlier this month after Pyongyang's controversial satellite launch, according to Yonhap News Agency. Full story
BEIJING, Jan. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- South Korea’s military has set up a special emergency panel to monitor a possible nuclear test in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that it believes the DPRK had almost completed preparations for a test, and could launch it at any time.Full Story
PYONGYONG, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Thursday it plans a new nuclear test and more rocket launches aimed at its "sworn enemy" of the United States.Full Story
TOKYO, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean Ambassador to Japan Shin Kak-soo met Wednesday and agreed to work closely to urge the Democratic People 's Republic of Korea (DPRK) not to carry out nuclear test, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.
Kishida said in the meeting that it is necessary for Japan and South Korea to work together to dissuade the DPRK from carrying out its third nuclear test. Full story