|Senior foreign ministry officials of the United States, Japan and South Korea affirmed to work closely toward the denuclearization of Korean Peninsula in their first such trilateral meeting. (File photo by= Kyodo)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] SEOUL: Seoul's state spy agency announced that the intelligence chiefs of South Korea, the United States, and Japan met here on Tuesday and discussed North Korea's firing of what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) toward the East Sea.
Earlier in the day, North Korea fired the short-range missile from the vicinity of Sinpo, where its main submarine shipyard is located, according to the South Korean military. It marked the North's eighth known major missile test this year. The North's latest show of force came while Avril Haines, the U.S. director of national intelligence, and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan's Cabinet intelligence director, were in Seoul for trilateral talks with Park Jie-won, the head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service.
On Monday, Park held bilateral talks with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts. During Tuesday's meeting, the three intel chiefs also discussed economic security issues, such as the global supply chain disruptions and tech leakage, and vowed to strengthen their trilateral intelligence cooperation, according to the agency. The trilateral meeting also drew attention to Tokyo's new policy direction on North Korea, as Takizawa's Seoul visit was his first since Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took office earlier this month. The three last held such a trilateral meeting in May in Tokyo.