U.S., Japan and S. Korea lambaste North's missile tests

STORY: South Korea's vice foreign minister Cho Hyun-dong also called on Pyongyang to accept offers of COVID-19 aid, with North Korea grappling with its first confirmed coronavirus outbreak since last month.

The three-way meeting of the countries' No. 2 diplomats, the first such gathering since November and the first since South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol took office in May, highlighted the urgency and gravity of North Korea's intensifying weapons tests. The trio urged Pyongyang to abide by international sanctions and immediately cease actions that "escalate tensions or destabilise the region," a joint statement said.

Seoul and Washington officials have said North Korea is ready for what would be its first nuclear test since 2017, which Sherman has said would trigger a strong and clear response.

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