22:21 24 August 2016
By Miya Tanaka
TOKYO, Aug. 24, Kyodo
Japan, China and South Korea on Wednesday urged North Korea not to engage in acts of provocation and agreed to enhance their cooperation in dealing with Pyongyang, during talks held in Tokyo amid tensions over territorial rows and security matters.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and South Korea’s Yun Byung Se reached the agreement just hours after North Korea test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile, the latest in a series of missile launches in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Slamming the North’s move as a “provocative act that simply cannot be tolerated,” Kishida said in a joint press announcement after the meeting that the three countries called on North Korea to “exercise restraint” and to comply with relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions banning nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches.
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