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Japan and South Korea agree to work for the complete denuclearization of North Korea


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TOKYO, February 19 – The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea affirmed, during a meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, their intention to strengthen bilateral cooperation, as well as cooperation with the United States to increase deterrent capabilities in the region, as well as implementation. Complete denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The two sides also strongly criticized North Korea’s recent launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that fell inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, about 200 kilometers from Oshima Island in Hokkaido Prefecture.
“It was also emphasized that the parties will work closely between Japan and South Korea, as well as between Japan, South Korea and the United States, to increase deterrence capabilities in the region, including through tripartite security cooperation, as well as fully implement nuclear disarmament,” the document stated. . North Korea in accordance with the terms of the UN Security Council resolutions.

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The ministers also agreed to expand cooperation to resolve issues that hinder bilateral relations.
North Korea launched a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile on Saturday. According to North Korea’s Central Telegraph Agency (CTAC), the launch took place from Pyongyang International Airport. The missile reached a height of 5,768 kilometers and a diameter of 989 kilometers in 4,015 seconds.
Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, in turn, said that according to military estimates, an intercontinental ballistic missile launched by North Korea, when launched on a normal trajectory, is capable of covering a distance of 14,000 km and reaching the US mainland.

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