U.S., Japan, ROK to keep door open for dialogue with DPRK
Updated 23:02, 13-Feb-2022

The foreign ministers of the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Saturday said that the door is open to dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The trilateral talks came after the DPRK conducted a series of missile tests since the start of the year.

After a day of meetings in Honolulu, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, ROK Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi condemned the launches as "destabilizing."

However, the three diplomats reiterated their commitment to the denuclearization of the entire Korean Peninsula, and readiness to resume talks with Pyongyang.

"The Secretary and Foreign Ministers emphasized they held no hostile intent towards the DPRK and underscored continued openness to meeting the DPRK without preconditions," they said in the statement.

(Cover: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a joint press availability with ROK Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi following their meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, the U.S., February 12, 2022. /Reuters)

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