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The United States, Japan and South Korea want cooperation — not confrontation — with North Korea, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen said Wednesday, urging Pyongyang to show restraint in attempting to launch another missile.

Speaking at a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Cohen said the three countries are prepared to work with North Korea to open economic and political opportunities — if Pyongyang avoids creating an element of instability and uncertainty in the region by test-launching a missile and works toward building a positive relationship with the international community.

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