SKorea, Japan hold consultations over NKorea
Chief negotiators from South Korea and Japan held consultations over North Korea, including the recent test-firing of missiles, deciding that the test violates the resolution of UNSC and discussed ways to reinstate them.world Updated: Jul 07, 2009 11:25 IST
Chief negotiators from South Korea and Japan held consultations over North Korea, including the recent test-firing of missiles, deciding that the test violates the resolution of UNSC and discussed ways to reinstate them.
"The two countries exchanged assessments over the situation," an unidentified South Korean official was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency.
Akitaka Saiki, director general of the Asian and Oceanian affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, met his South Korean counterpart Wi Sung Lac yesterday where they discussed "ways to faithfully implement the UN sanctions" and "ways to put the process of dialogue back on track" the official reportedly said.
The envoys also discussed holding a meeting of five of the countries that have been involved in the six-party talks on North Korea's denuclearization, which have been stalled since last December.
The six-party talks bring together the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia.
North Korea further ratcheted up tensions in the region in June by conducting its second underground nuclear test and has since been test-firing missiles off its east coast, including seven fired on Saturday.
South Korea's Defence Ministry believes some of the missiles fired Saturday were the intermediate-range Rodong missiles and their flight distance was shortened apparently to test their accuracy.