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Nuke envoys of S. Korea, Japan discuss Pyongyang's missile provocations

All Headlines 19:59 August 24, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- Top nuclear envoys of South Korea and Japan met on Wednesday to discuss countermeasures against North Korea's latest missile launch in defiance of U.N. resolutions, a foreign ministry official said.

Kim Hong-kyun, special representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, held the meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Kenji Kanasugi, on the sidelines of a trilateral foreign ministers' meeting of South Korea, China and Japan held in Tokyo, according to the official.

The North fired off a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from waters near the port city of Sinpo at around 5:30 a.m., according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The missile flew about 500 kilometers and fell into waters within Japan's air defense identification zone.

"The two shared their deep concern over the North's continued provocations and threats while discussing detailed countermeasures going forward," the official said on the condition of anonymity.

What they discussed was not made available to the public but observers say that they might have exchanged views on how to deal with the North's latest missile provocations at such venues as the U.N. and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

kokobj@yna.co.kr
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