Japan, U.S., S. Korea begin high-level defense talks


Japan, the United States and South Korea began a two-day meeting of senior defense officials in Washington on Thursday to discuss potential responses to North Korea, which has threatened to conduct a new form of nuclear test.

The high-level meeting at the U.S. Department of Defense follows a trilateral summit of their leaders in The Hague late last month where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye held their first official talks since taking office.

Setting aside the contentious history and territorial issues between Japan and South Korea, Abe, Park and U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed they would cooperate closely to denuclearize the North.

At a press conference Thursday, Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Kenichiro Sasae said he expects the trilateral framework to improve Japan-South Korea relations.