Japan, South Korea, U.S. to hold talks on North Korea


Top negotiators from South Korea, Japan and the United States will meet Wednesday in Seoul to discuss North Korea’s nuclear test last week.

The meeting will bring together Kimihiro Ishikane, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Sung Kim, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Japan and Korea, and Hwang Joon-kook, South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs.

All three are their nations’ negotiators in the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programs.

They are expected to affirm cooperation on the issue and discuss an expected U.N. Security Council resolution to strengthen international sanctions on North Korea.

Hwang will visit Beijing on Thursday to meet with his Chinese counterpart. South Korea is also arranging a meeting with Russia’s top negotiator for the six-way talks.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry said it will take resolute action to make North Korea pay a price for the nuclear test, in close cooperation with the international community, including the four partners in the six-way talks.