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U.S., Japan, South Korea ministers talked over North Korea

U.S., Japan, South Korea ministers talked over North KoreaThe officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in New York on Sunday, ahead of U.N. meetings, to discuss expanded cooperation over North Korea after its fifth and largest nuclear test.

The meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and their South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, was the first since the latest nuclear test.

In a joint statement, the ministers said North North's disregard for multiple U.N. resolutions prohibiting its missile and nuclear programs called for even stronger international pressure.

"They discussed the important work currently taking place in the Security Council to further sanction North Korea and considered other possible measures of their own, in particular ways to further restrict revenue sources for the DPRK's missile and nuclear programs, including through illicit activities," the ministers' statement said.

"They reaffirmed that they remain open to credible and authentic talks aimed at full and verifiable denuclearization of the DPRK," the statement added.
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