U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will visit South Korea and Japan next week to strengthen coordination on denuclearization efforts.
The U.S. State Department said Friday that Biegun will visit Seoul from Tuesday to Thursday after a two-day stop in Japan.
Since Tuesday marks the conclusion of a joint military exercise between Seoul and Washington, pundits say the U.S. is trying to create room for Biegun to resume nuclear talks with the North.
Biegun is expected to hold discussions with top officials from the Blue House, and the foreign and unification ministries to find ways to restart working-level discussions with Pyeongyang.
He could also use his trip to South Korea and Japan to urge trilateral cooperation regarding the North Korea issue, despite the ongoing trade dispute between the two U.S. allies.