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US to discuss NKorea with Japan, SKorea

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S., Japan and South Korea will meet next week in Washington to discuss North Korea and its nuclear program.

Envoy for North Korea policy, Glyn Davies, will host a trilateral meeting Wednesday with his Japanese counterpart Junichi Ihara and South Korean counterpart Cho Tae-yong.

The State Department said it reflects close cooperation among the three nations on pursuing the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner.

It follows meetings in Washington this week between Davies and his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, which discussed under what conditions six-nation disarmament talks with North Korea could restart.

The North says it wants to restart the talks, without preconditions, it withdrew from five years ago. Washington first wants to see concrete steps by Pyongyang to demonstrate its sincerity about denuclearization.

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