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Seoul’s special envoy to North Korea accuses the country of becoming “more aggressive” in weapons tests

The United States has agreed to cooperate with Japan and South Korea on future sanctions on Pyongyang, a senior South Korean official said, shortly after the US State Department announced that Washington “will not hesitate” blacklist anyone found to be supporting North Korea’s nuclear or missile programs.

Speaking after a trilateral summit with his US and Japanese counterparts at the US Embassy in Indonesia on Tuesday, Seoul’s special envoy for peace and security affairs on the Korean peninsula, Kim Gunn, said the three allies would work more closely while introducing new sanctions on North Korea.

“South Korea, Japan and the United States will coordinate sanctions and close the gap in the international sanctions regime against North Korea,” official speakquoted by Reuters, adding that Pyongyang is “becoming more aggressive and blatant in its nuclear threat.”

Kim met Washington’s North Korean envoy Sung Kim, as well as senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official Takehiro Funakoshi, and discussed “regional security,” ways to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table and how to respond to a future nuclear test by North Korea, according to Yonhap.

The envoy’s comments come just hours after US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that the United States is “always looking for suitable individuals to sanction” to support North Korea’s nuclear weapons or ballistic missile programs, add “We wouldn’t hesitate to do it.”

North Korea has carried out a record number of weapons tests this year, many in direct retaliation for joint US-South Korean military exercises that the North has repeatedly denounced as rehearsals for an The invasion. However, Washington, Seoul and Tokyo have all sounded the alarm about North Korea’s missile launches, saying they undermine regional stability and increase the chances of conflict on the Korean peninsula.

On Monday, South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo alleged that North Korea was preparing for another nuclear test, echoing similar warnings from US officials in recent months. Although Han admitted he couldn’t say “when exactly” After the test was conducted, both the US and South Korea vowed a stern response if North Korea carried out a nuclear explosion, marking the country’s seventh test since its first successful test in 2014. 2006.

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