G7 ministers reaffirm NK denuclearization goal

Foreign Ministers of the Group of Seven nations have agreed to stick to a goal of achieving complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The G7 foreign ministerial talks opened in London on Monday. The ministers met in person for the first time in two years.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken summarized his government's review of its North Korean policy during a working dinner.

The ministers agreed on a goal to achieve "complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement" of the North's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges.

They also agreed that it is essential for countries to fully implement the UN Security Council sanctions resolutions against North Korea.

At the meeting, Japanese foreign minister Motegi Toshimitsu asked his counterparts for their understanding and support for an early resolution of North Korea's abductions of Japanese citizens.

Motegi told reporters that Japan supports the US approach in the policy review, which is based on close cooperation with Japan and South Korea. He also said he wants to continue the close trilateral cooperation.