S. Korea, U.s., Japan Agree To Ramp Up Pressure On N. Korea

S. Korea, U.S., Japan agree to ramp up pressure on N. KoreaTop negotiators of the United States, Japan, and South Korea -- three of six countries involved in stalled talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear program -- agreed Wednesday to increase "pressures and sanctions" on North Korea to dissuade the North from military provocations.

"We agreed on the importance of enhancing pressures and sanctions on North Korea even as we keep all diplomatic options on the table and open," Sung Kim, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, told journalists after the trilateral meeting with his counterparts from South Korea and Japan.

Kim also said the three governments also agreed to work with the international community to address the "grave" human rights situation in North Korea.