Seoul, Washington, Tokyo discuss Pyongyang nuke test

Seoul: Deputy defence ministers of South Korea, the US and Japan on Friday held a video teleconference to share information on North Korea's nuclear test. Attending the conference were Yoo Jeh-Seung, South Korea's deputy minister for policy, US assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific security affairs David Shear and Japanese director-general of defence policy bureau Satoshi Maeda, Xinhua reported.

nuke The three deputy ministers agreed that Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test was in clear breach of the UN Security Council resolutions and a serious threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region. Re-affirming that North Korea has not been, and will not be, accepted as a nuclear state, they agreed to maintain close cooperation in sharing information on Pyongyang's nuclear threats. Seoul and Tokyo share military intelligence through Washington as the two countries failed to strike a deal on sharing bilateral intelligence in 2012 due to negative sentiment among South Koreans about signing such a deal with the former colonial ruler.

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