Japan, US, S.Korea affirm cooperation on N.Korea

Senior government officials of Japan, the United States and South Korea are believed to have agreed to strengthen cooperation on the issue of North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs.

Representing Japan at Tuesday's meeting was the head of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Funakoshi Takehiro. He met with the US special envoy for North Korea Sung Kim and the South Korean Foreign Ministry's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk.

They are said to have shared the latest information about North Korea's announcement that it succeeded in test-launching long-range cruise missiles on the weekend. They reportedly analyzed Pyongyang's intentions.

Japan's officials are also believed to have reiterated their request for cooperation to quickly resolve North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals.