The US, South Korea and Japan have called for more international pressure on the US. Korea to curb its nuclear program

North Korea Hwasong-17 missile / Photo EPA-EFE/KCNA EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan held a trilateral meeting today, calling for more international pressure on North Korea to curb its nuclear and missile development programs, its cyber theft and its alleged arms deliveries to Russia.

The meeting in Seoul came amid the biggest escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula in years, with Kim Jong-un increasingly bragging about his nuclear doctrine, which allows for the use of nuclear weapons.

In addition, Washington, Seoul and Tokyo have expressed concern over a possible arms deal between North Korea and Russia. The three allies are concerned that Kim is supplying Russia with much-needed ammunition for Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine. In return, Russia provides technology to help develop North Korea's nuclear weapons.

After the meeting in Seoul, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Washington was working with Seoul and Tokyo to strengthen defense cooperation and better prepare for retaliation against North Korea's nuclear missile tests and space activities, and in this sense exchanges of real-time information on missile launches from Pyongyang. The exchange of information should begin this month, but no date has been set.

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