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U.S. and allies must work more closely on North Korea: Japan expert

From Reuters - January 13, 2018

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States, South Korea and Japan must coordinate more closely on North Korea, with whom they are engaged in a pre-negotiation bargaining process, a former Japanese defense official told Reuters.

North Koreas Kim Jong Un has shown no sign of willingness to give in to U.S. demands and negotiate away a nuclear and missile program, in defiance of United Nations Security Council sanctions.

But despite the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the two Koreas held their first talks in two years on Tuesday and agreed to meet again.

The United States and its regional allies have taken a coercive military option by using B-1B bombers, stealth fighters, and aircraft carriers, Narushige Michishita, professor at Japans National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies said in an interview at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

We are kind of testing North Koreas ability to respond ... We are collecting information as to the intentions and capabilities of North Korea armed forces, he told Reuters.

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