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(LEAD) Top security chiefs of S. Korea, U.S. discuss N.K. nuke test

All Headlines 16:12 September 03, 2017

(ATTN: RECASTS 2nd para; ADDS photo, details in paras 4-5)

SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) -- The top security officials of South Korea and the United States on Sunday discussed how to deal with the aftermath of North Korea's sixth nuclear test, Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

Chung Eui-yong, South Korea's National Security Office chief, and his U.S. counterpart, H.R. McMaster held 20-minute telephone talks, shortly after Pyongyang conducted what it claims to have been a test of a hydrogen bomb mountable on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The talks were the latest in a recent series of phone conversations held after Pyongyang's missile provocations.

Amid the North's continued missile launches over the last months, Chung, McMaster and their Japanese counterpart Shotaro Yachi have strengthened their communication to coordinate joint responses.

The trio last met in Washington after the uruly regime fired off three short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Aug. 26.

This image shows Chung Eui-yong (L), the chief of South Korea's National Security Office, and his U.S. counterpart H.R. McMaster. (Yonhap)


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