Japan, U.S., South Korea hold talks on North Korea

Japan, the U.S. and South Korea held trilateral defense ministerial talks in Singapore on Saturday to discuss regional security and North Korea's nuclear and missile program.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and South Korean Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan-jin in what was the fourth defense minister meeting between the countries during the Shangri-La Dialogue.

The three ministers expressed their common concern that North Korea's nuclear and missile program, along with its continue provocative acts, represent significant threats that undermine the peace of the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the world at large. Provocative acts by North Korea include a long-range ballistic missile launch in December and a nuclear attack in February.

The defense ministers called for North Korea to comply with obligations pursuant to U.N. Security Council resolutions 2094, 2087, 1874 and 1718. The resolutions call for the abandonment of all nuclear weapons and North Korea's existing nuclear program. The U.N. Security Council plans to take further significant measures if North Korea conducts an additional missile launch or nuclear test.

The ministers from Japan, the U.S. and South Korea affirmed that they will continue to collaborate to deter threats from North Korea.