Japan, US, S.Korea confirm cooperation to deal with N.Korea's missile launches

Senior Japanese, US and South Korean officials have condemned North Korea's launches of ballistic missiles on Thursday morning, and agreed to maintain trilateral cooperation to deal with the issue.

Hamamoto Yukiya, the Japanese Foreign Ministry's deputy director-general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau; Jung Pak, the US deputy special representative for North Korea; and Lee Jun-il, South Korea's director-general for Korean Peninsula policy, held phone talks following the North's missile launches.

The three officials confirmed the North's action violated relevant UN Security Council resolutions. They strongly condemned Pyongyang for threatening the peace and security of the region and the international community, and agreed to continue their cooperation on the matter.