United States and Japanese Officials Arrive in Seoul for Talks on N.Korea

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According to Japanese government sources, Trump is slated to hold a bilateral summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on November 6.

President Donald Trump will ask US allies to pressure North Korea on its nuclear program in an upcoming trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

South Korea says the top nuclear envoys from Washington, Seoul and Tokyo agreed that the allies must pursue every available avenue including dialogue and sanctions to peacefully achieve a "complete" denuclearization of North Korea.

The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea. But the North Korean issue was expected to dominate the conversation.

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, after meeting his Japanese counterpart, Shinsuke Sugiyama, told reporters that the focus at the State Department is still on diplomacy to solve the problem and eventually denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. The U.S. must be prepared to defend itself and its allies, he said.

The Seoul meetings came as the USA and South Korea conduct joint naval drills involving fighter jets, submarines and other naval vessels, including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, to train for potential North Korean provocations. Both sides flexing military muscle at a time of growing tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programme.

North Korea's deputy United Nations ambassador warned on Monday that the situation on the peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment".

He will also deliver a speech at South Korea's National Assembly to highlight the need for the global community to put the strongest pressure on North Korea.

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