Japan, China and South Korea are in the final stage of talks on arranging a meeting of their leaders for Nov. 1 in Seoul, Japanese government sources said Thursday.
Tokyo is also planning to set up a bilateral session between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye for the same day on the sidelines of the tripartite summit, the sources said.
This will be the first one-on-one meeting between Abe and Park since they took office, in December 2012 and February 2013, respectively.
Japan, China and South Korea last held a three-way summit in May 2012 in Beijing.
Agenda items at the envisaged trilateral meeting will likely include North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the sources said.
Japan is also considering arranging a meeting between Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Seoul, the sources said.