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S. Korea, U.S., Japan defense chiefs to hold talks on DPRK nuke program

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 16:46, May 25, 2016

SEOUL, May 25 -- Defense ministers of South Korea, the United Statesand Japanwill hold talks on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s nuclear program on the sidelines of a regional security meeting scheduled for early next month, Seoul's defense ministry said Wednesday.

The ministry said that South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo will meet with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts on the sidelines of the 2016 Asia Security Summit, also called Shangri-La Dialogue, that will be held in Singapore between June 3 and 5.

The summit is an annually held security meeting, attended by defense ministers and other security experts from 35 countries, including China, the United States, Russia, Japan and other European nations.

During the trilateral meeting, the three countries would discuss various security issues, including the DPRK's nuclear and missile threats.

Tensions were running high on the Korean Peninsula after the DPRK's fourth nuclear test in January and the launch in February of a long-range rocket, which was condemned by outside world as a disguised test of long-range ballistic missile technology.

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