U.S. says Asian countries coming together on North Korea

Japan, South Korea, China and the U.S. are uniting with a strong convergence of ideas on North Korea and the view the country must denuclearize, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

Glyn Davies, the special representative for North Korea policy for the State Department, made the remarks during a press conference on Monday following a meeting with his Japanese counterparts in Tokyo, Japan. Davies said that while there are some differences among the members of the Six-Party Talks, Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing are in complete solidarity.

"As I wrap up a very productive week in the three key North Asian capitals - Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo - I want to report a strong convergence of views on North Korea," Davies said. "All of us are in quite close alignment, and I believe Russia, an essential partner in the Six-Party process, agrees that we will not accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons state."

Davies said that while there are some differences over secondary issues, there is unanimity on North Korea abandoning its nuclear weapons and agreeing to start that process.

Davies said the U.S. called on North Korea to stop moving in the opposite direction and begin making a commitment to fulfilling its international obligations of denuclearization.

"The United States and its allies call on North Korea to make convincing indications, take concrete steps to demonstrate its seriousness of purpose," Davies said. "We will continue this process of joining with our partners - especially China, given its unique role - to keep the onus for action on North Korea."