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    US, allies warn decisive response if North Korea tests nuke

    TOKYO (AP) — Officials from the United States (US) and its Asian allies Japan and South Korea suspect North Korea is preparing for a nuclear test, and vice foreign ministers from the three countries said yesterday their joint response would be “decisive”.

    South Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun-dong said the trio is bolstering their defence cooperation to deter the growing possibility of North Korea’s use of nuclear weapons since the adoption in September of legislation spelling out scenarios where it would use nukes, including pre-emptively.

    North Korea’s new nuclear policy is “creating a serious tension on the Korean Peninsula”, Cho told a joint news conference after talks with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Mori. “South Korea and the US will step up their extended deterrence by utilising all the elements of the national power and show an overwhelming, decisive response to any use of a nuclear weapon by North Korea,” Cho said.

    South Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun-dong, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Mori and United States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in a joint news conference after their trilateral meeting at the Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo. PHOTO: AP
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