North Korea Urged to Back Down on Nuclear Test

19 Jun

SEOUL, South Korea — Senior American, Japanese and South Korean diplomats warned on Monday that North Korea would face more sanctions if it conducted a nuclear test after its failed rocket launching last month. But, in their first meeting since the launching, they also u“It would be a serious miscalculation and mistake if North Korea worked to engage in a nuclear test,” said Glyn T. Davies, the American special representative on North Korea policy. “If there is a further provocation such as a nuclear test, there will be swift and sure reaction by the international community.”

North Korea’s April 13 rocket launching in defiance of the United States and its allies “sent a signal that they cannot be trusted to follow through on their own undertakings and promises,” Mr. Davies said. Although the North Korean rocket disintegrated shortly after takeoff, the United Nations Security Council condemned it as a test of long-range missile technology in violation of previous resolutions and ordered tighter sanctions.

Mr. Davies spoke to reporters in Seoul after meeting with his counterparts from Washington’s central allies in Northeast Asia: Lim Sung-nam of South Korea and Shinsuke Sugiyama of Japan. The allies shared the analysis on North Korea’s possible future decisions and vowed to take “united and coordinated actions and responses” against further provocations, Mr. Sugiyama said.

But the three envoys also reminded North Korea that there could be what Mr. Davies called “a different future” if it begins to reverse its missile and nuclear weapons programs. “That engagement aspect remains open,” Mr. Davies said. “Words are no longer, quite frankly, interesting to us. What we want to see is actions from North Korea.”

He planned to fly to Beijing on Tuesday for talks with Wu Dawei, China’s chief nuclear envoy on North Korea. Recent satellite imagery indicated resumed activities in the North’s nuclear test site, prompting analysts to warn that the country might be preparing for its third underground nuclear test to regain some of the leverage it lost when its rocket launching failed.

North Korea has also resumed building work for a new experimental nuclear reactor that analysts say is a cover for its nuclear weapons program. rged the North to back down.

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