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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

N. Korea Tops Summit Agenda

TOKYO -- Japan, the United States and South Korea will confirm their united front and discuss how to maximize pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear arms program at a summit this week, analysts said.

One option is to set a deadline for a clear-cut response from Pyongyang, some analysts said.

But others said the three countries were likely to shy away from a firm timetable for fear of narrowing their room for maneuver if that strategy failed.

U.S. officials said last week that North Korea had admitted to processing uranium to build nuclear weapons in violation of a 1994 pact.

How to respond to that confession will probably be the main topic at a summit Saturday between Bush, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.

Japanese media said Wednesday that the three would issue a statement urging Pyongyang to halt the nuclear program and let international inspectors into the country, while affirming their goal of a peaceful resolution.

The three will meet in Los Cabos on the fringes of a summit of leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on Oct. 26 to 27.