Washington – The top national security officials from Japan, the U.S. and South Korea will hold a meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday, the White House said Tuesday.
It will be the first meeting of the three nations’ national security advisers to be held since U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January.
After North Korea tested ballistic missiles last week, the Biden administration is apparently hoping to accelerate work to review the United States’ policies toward Pyongyang via cooperation with its allies in the region — Japan and South Korea.
Since mid-February, the United States has been attempting to open lines of communication with the nuclear-armed North, but Pyongyang has not responded.
The upcoming meeting will bring together Shigeru Kitamura, secretary-general of Japan’s National Security Secretariat, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and South Korean national security adviser Suh Hoon.
According to the White House, the three officials will discuss a wide range of regional issues and foreign policy priorities, including maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and combating climate change.
The trilateral talks come after Sullivan met with top Chinese diplomats, including Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party, in the U.S. state of Alaska on March 18 and 19 and the three countries’ China policies are also expected to top the agenda.
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