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(LEAD) S. Korea, U.S., Japan agree to close cooperation on N. Korean nuclear issues
SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Yonhap) -- Nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed on Wednesday to closely cooperate on North Korean nuclear issues, foreign ministry officials here said.
Lim Sung-nam, Seoul's chief envoy to the six-party talks on ending the North's nuclear weapons program, sat down for talks with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts, Glyn Davies and Shinsuke Sugiyama in Tokyo, the officials said.

"During the meeting, the three countries reaffirmed the importance of resolving the North's nuclear issues via the six-party talks, of maintaining stability on the Korean Peninsula ahead of the presidential elections in South Korea and the U.S., and of reminding ourselves of constructive roles by China and Russia to denuclearize the North," Lim told reporters after the meeting.