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National Security Advisers of S. Korea, US, Japan Discuss N. Korea

News2018-01-17
National Security Advisers of S. Korea, US, Japan Discuss N. Korea

National security chiefs of South Korea, the United States, and Japan reportedly held a closed-door trilateral meeting in San Francisco last weekend.

An official from Seoul's presidential office told reporters Wednesday that there were talks but declined to comment further.

The meeting was held between National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong, White House National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's top security adviser Shotaro Yachi. It was also reported by U.S. online media outlet Axios on Tuesday although it did not identify the South Korean party. 

Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported on Monday that it was just a bilateral meeting between Yachi and McMaster. 

According Axios, the three sides agreed that the current resumption of inter-Korean talks are a ploy by Pyongyang to deviate global attention away from its nuclear program, which it will continue to pursue. It said all three countries also recognized the need to put more unified pressure on the North.

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