Tougher sanctions are underway for North Korea after Pyongyang’s fifth and largest nuclear test took place on the 9th of September in defiance of U.N. sanctions that were tightened in March.
Foreign ministers US, Japan and South Korea are now deliberating in New York on Sunday, ahead of U.N. meetings, to discuss stepped-up measures against North Korea’s government led by Kim Jong-un.
Reports say the meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and their South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, was the first since the latest nuclear test by North Korea.
In a joint statement by the ministers, they condemned North Korea’s defiance of UN sanctions tightened in March and even called for stiffer sanctions against Pyongyang which has been testing nuclear weapons at an unprecedented rate this year.
“They discussed the important work currently taking place in the Security Council to further sanction North Korea and considered other possible measures of their own, in particular ways to further restrict revenue sources for the DPRK’s missile and nuclear programs, including through illicit activities,” the ministers’ statement said.
“They reaffirmed that they remain open to credible and authentic talks aimed at full and verifiable denuclearization of the DPRK,” the statement said, referring to the country’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
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