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Japan, U.S., S. Korea agree to cooperate on N. Korea nuke threat

Japan, the United States and South Korea reaffirmed their cooperation Monday in dealing with a recent threat by North Korea that it could conduct "a new form" of nuclear test, a Japanese official said. The agreement reached in a three-way meeting involving senior diplomats in Washington was part of efforts to address Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions that were pledged in a trilateral summit last month in the Netherlands.

S. Korea, U.S., Japan issue joint warning to N. Korea

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 7 (Yonhap) -- In a show of unity in dealing with North Korea, South Korea, the U.S. and Japan jointly warned the communist nation Monday not to take any more provocative steps. "If North Korea goes ahead with another nuclear test, we, along with the international community, will make it pay the price for that," South Korea's top nuclear envoy Hwang Joon-kook told reporters in Washington, D.C. "North Korea's nuclear test would be a direct challenge to the international community, and a threat to peace and security in the world."

S. Korea, U.S., Japan discuss N. Korea's threats

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 7 (Yonhap) -- Top South Korean, U.S. and Japanese diplomats huddled here Monday to discuss ways to deal with North Korea. The tripartite session, the first in five months, came as the unpredictable communist nation threatens to carry out a "new type" of nuclear test. The meeting follows up on an summit agreement between the leaders of the three regional powers in the Hague, the Netherlands, last month. The diplomats reaffirmed a united stand against any future North Korean provocations.

Germany summons North Korean envoy to protest against nuclear test

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany summoned the North Korean ambassador on Monday to protest against an announcement that the country is planning a new nuclear test, after it test-fired medium-range missiles. "The Foreign Ministry summoned the North Korean ambassador, Ri Si Hong, in light of the announcement of a further nuclear test from the North Korean government," the ministry said.

N. Korea slams South for test-firing ballistic missile

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea blasted South Korea Monday for test-firing a ballistic missile capable of reaching all parts of the communist country, threatening strong retaliation against any provocation. Late last month, South Korea successfully tested the ballistic missile with a range of 500 kilometers and a payload of 1 ton at a firing range southwest of Seoul, which hit the intended target.

Hagel due in Beijing after reassuring Tokyo on security ties

BEIJING, April 7 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was to arrive in Beijing Monday for discussions on global and regional security issues, including North Korea's nuclear program, after reassuring Tokyo of Washington's commitment to its defense posture. China is Hagel's third stop on his 10-day trip across the Asia-Pacific and his first visit to Beijing as the U.S. defense chief at a time when regional tensions have been growing amid the North's threat of a fresh nuclear test and worsening rivalry between Beijing and Tokyo.

N. Korea slams South for test-firing ballistic missile

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea blasted South Korea Monday for test-firing a ballistic missile capable of reaching all parts of the communist country, threatening strong retaliation against any provocation. Late last month, South Korea successfully tested the ballistic missile with a range of 500 kilometers and a payload of 1 ton at a firing range southwest of Seoul, which hit the intended target. Calling the March 23 test launch a "grave provocation," the North's National Defense Academy said that Pyongyang will not sit idle and will deal sternly with provocations.

S. Korean nuke envoy in D.C. for talks on N. Korea

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will seek ways to avert future North Korean provocations and discuss contingency plans in case their efforts fail, when their top point men on the communist nation gather in Washington, D.C. this week, a South Korean official said Sunday. Hwang Joon-kook, Seoul's new special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, also indicated that he may meet bilaterally with Tokyo's chief nuclear envoy.

S. Korean nuke envoy in D.C. for talks on N. Korea

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will seek ways to avert future North Korean provocations and discuss contingency plans in case their efforts fail, when their top point men on the communist nation gather in Washington, D.C. this week, a South Korean official said Sunday. Hwang Joon-kook, Seoul's new special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, also indicated that he may meet bilaterally with Tokyo's chief nuclear envoy.

S. Korea's new nuclear envoy heads to U.S. for talks on N. Korea

SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's new nuclear envoy left for the United States on Sunday for talks with his American and Japanese counterparts on how to deal with North Korea's latest nuclear threat, an official said. Hwang Joon-kook is scheduled to meet with Glyn Davies, Washington's special representative for North Korea policy, and his Japanese counterpart, Junichi Ihara, in Washington, D.C. on Monday, the foreign ministry official said. Hwang also plans to hold a separate bilateral meeting with Davies and Ihara, according to the official.
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