US, Mongolia, South Korea discuss North Korea issue

(VOVWORLD) - Senior diplomats of the US, Mongolia, and South Korea held their first trilateral meeting this week to discuss North Korea's rapid development of nuclear and missile capabilities, the US State Department said Friday. 
US, Mongolia, South Korea discuss North Korea issue - ảnh 1Senior diplomats of the US, Mongolia, and South Korea meet in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, on May 30, 2023. (Photo: Yonhap) 

At the meeting, held Tuesday in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, the diplomats agreed on the necessity of resuming dialogue with North Korea.

Mark Lambert, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, and his Mongolian and South Korean counterparts, Byambasuren Guntevsuren and Choi Yong Jun, voiced willingness to hold a three-way meeting regularly on a rotating basis in each of the countries, it said.

During the meeting, the three also expressed "deep concern" over the risk of nuclear weapons use in the Ukraine conflict and discussed a range of other major global and regional issues, including their efforts to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific, the US State Department said.

The United States, Japan and Mongolia launched similar trilateral talks in 2015. According to the US Department, a conference on Northeast Asian security, which Mongolia started hosting in 2014, will be held for two days from June 15 in its capital.
The conference, known as the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue, has provided opportunities for countries such as Japan, which has never had diplomatic ties with North Korea, to interact with officials from Pyongyang.
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