Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will meet with his U.S. and South Korean counterparts in San Francisco on Tuesday to discuss their cooperation on the denuclearization of North Korea.
Motegi’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is just one of the events planned during his four-day visit to the United States starting Monday, according to his schedule announced by the Foreign Ministry on Friday.
He is also expected to reiterate Tokyo’s call for cooperation from Washington and Seoul to help resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago.
Besides the three-way session, Motegi will hold bilateral talks with both the U.S. and South Korean ministers.
He is expected to discuss with Pompeo recently heightened U.S.-Iran tensions and call for a de-escalation of the situation.
Motegi and Kang are likely to talk about the issue of the Koreans who were conscripted to work for Japanese firms during World War II. The wartime labor issue is the main cause of the chilled relations between the two nations.
During his first trip to the United States since September, Motegi will also meet with George Shultz, who served as U.S. secretary of state in the 1980s during the administration of President Ronald Reagan.