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(LEAD) S. Korea, U.S., Japan seek effective sanctions on N. Korea

All News 19:39 January 16, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with details)

TOKYO, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- Top diplomats from South Korea, the United States, and Japan agreed Saturday to push for a "thorough and comprehensive" response to North Korea's recent nuclear test.

The regional powers reaffirmed their commitment to effective sanctions on Pyongyang, as the U.N. Security Council is working on a resolution to punish the communist nation for its fourth nuclear test last week.

They also called on China to join efforts as a permanent member of the council and the North's largest trade partner.

It's important for key parties concerned to implement their obligations for regional peace, they said.

The trilateral meeting brought together South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, and Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki.

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