They want to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program and the creation of ballistic missiles.
In a joint statement issued after the trilateral talks, representatives of the United States, South Korea, and Japan said they agreed on an approach to denuclearizing North Korea.
The three countries stressed the need for the international community to implement the UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea fully and cooperate to maintain peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
The talks, held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, were attended by US President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, his Japanese counterpart Shigeru Kitamura and South Korean National Security Adviser Suh Hoon. The talks came amid rising tensions over North Korea’s missile launch last week.
Last week, US President Joe Biden said the United States remained open to diplomatic talks with North Korea despite its ballistic missile tests. However, he warned about possible retaliatory actions in the event of an escalation of the situation.