The chief U.S. negotiator on North Korea said Tuesday he and Japanese officials have reaffirmed their nations’ cooperation in fully implementing through “concrete action” a U.N. resolution to prevent Pyongyang from conducting more missile tests.
“We talked about the desire to coordinate and implement U.N. Security Council Resolution 1695. We want to make sure we are in sync,” Christopher Hill, the top U.S. negotiator for the six-party talks, told reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo.
“It’s very important that (the resolution) be followed up by concrete action that it calls all its member states to take,” Hill said, referring to the Security Council resolution unanimously adopted July 16 after North Korea test-fired seven ballistic missiles, including a long-range Taepodong-2 missile, on July 5.
The resolution condemns North Korea for the action, urges it to return to the six-party talks, calls for the North to re-establish a moratorium on missile launches, and requires U.N. member states to exercise vigilance to prevent the transfer of related materials and technology.
“We are interested in really trying to resolve this problem and to protect both of our countries against the possibility of further developments in North Korea’s weapons programs,” Hill said.
But he would not give details of the measures that the U.S. and Japan agreed to implement to prevent further missile tests.
Hill, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs, made his remarks after a series of meetings with Foreign Ministry officials, including his six-party talks’ counterpart, Kenichiro Sasae, head of the ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, during his two-day trip to Tokyo that began Monday.
Hill said he will was heading to China next to assess with the host of the six-party talks where they stand in the process. Hill will end his three-nation trip to Asia with a visit to South Korea.
On news reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was heading to China as early as Tuesday, Hill said he had “no information” on Kim’s travels.
While stressing the importance of restarting the six-party talks among the two Koreas, Russia, China, Japan and the U.S., Hill indicated he was willing to have other multilateral meetings.
“We can look at other formats. . . . We can certainly look at other configurations,” he said.
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