Korea, US, Japan meet in Seoul to discuss NK nuclear issue


In a possible show of force against North Korea, the United States also sent four advanced fighter jets — two F-22s and two F-35s — for an air show and exhibition in Seoul that are set to begin Tuesday. He said the North has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense because it's under the direct nuclear threat of the United States.

No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals armed with nuclear weapons and missiles.

Former and current officials of the U.S., China, Japan and Russian Federation also attended the meeting, while South Korea sent a deputy director general-level official and a scholar.

"Such military acts compel (North Korea) to take military counteraction", said Kim Kwang Hak, a researcher at the Institute for American Studies at the ministry.

Japan officially lists 17 citizens as abduction victims and suspects North Korea's involvement in many more disappearances.

During his visit, Trump will emphasize his commitment to US alliances and partnerships, attend events at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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Sullivan and Sugiyama will travel to South Korea where they will hold a trilateral meeting.

"In the speech, the president will present the United States' vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region and underscore the important role the region plays in advancing America's economic prosperity", the White House said.

Vice President Mike Pence is meeting with Japan's deputy prime minister on economic issues ahead of President Donald Trump's trip to Asia next month.

"Well, I'll be going, as you know, to South Korea, to China, to Japan, to Vietnam for the summit", he said.

Following this, he will travel to Danang in Vietnam on November 10 and Manila on November 12.