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(LEAD) S. Korea, U.S. top envoys on N. Korean nuke to hold talks next week

All News 16:16 September 06, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details in paras 3-4)

SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States' top negotiators on North Korea's nuclear program will hold talks in Seoul next week, the foreign ministry said Tuesday as the allies seek retaliatory action against North Korea's repeated military provocations.

The ministry's special representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Hong-kyun agreed with his U.S. counterpart Sung Kim to meet on Sept. 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, referring to their phone conversation a day earlier.

"The two sides will review the international community's (ongoing) effort to sanction and put pressure on North Korea at a time when the United Nations Security Council marks six months since its adoption of the resolution (on North Korea)," ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said later in a press briefing. "They will share their opinions on a comprehensive range of issues on North Korea and its nuclear program, including countermeasures against North Korea's continuing provocations and threats."

During the phone talks on Monday, the two Kims discussed "detailed countermeasures" against North Korea's ballistic missile launch the same day, the ministry said although it did not disclose the details of measures exchanged.

In its latest ballistic missile test, the North fired off three Rodong missiles from its east coast. The missiles flew about 1,000 kilometers before landing in waters near Japan.

The South Korean and U.S. officials also agreed to keep up their collaboration to forge additional measures in reaction to the ballistic missile launches being carried out by Pyongyang, according to the ministry.

"Both sides will work closely together in order to keep sending out warnings against North Korea at various bilateral and multilateral levels," it added.


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