S. Korea's top nuke envoy to meet Japanese, U.S. counterparts to discuss N. Korean nuclear issue
Updated: 2021-09-13 09:39:33 KST
Seoul's top nuclear envoy, who departed for Japan Sunday, will be meeting his Japanese and U.S. counterparts to discuss North Korean nuclear issues.
On his way to Tokyo for a three-day trip, Noh Kyu-duk, Seoul's special representative for Korean peninsula peace and security affairs, told reporters he expects a (quote) "productive meeting" on the Korean Peninsula peace process.
The trilateral meeting, the first of its kind in around three months, is expected to also touch upon ways to resume talks with the North.
"Seoul and Washington have been exerting the necessary efforts to resume dialogue with North Korea."
He also pointed out that the allies have made significant process in discussing humanitarian cooperation projects for Pyeongyang.
Noh stressed that he will be seeking to strengthen policy coordination with Tokyo, when he sits down with his Japanese counterpart Takehiro Funakoshi.
"I will explain to Japan the details of our consultations with Washington, and we'll also discuss bilateral cooperation."
The gathering comes amid concerns Pyeongyang may have restarted its plutonium-producing nuclear reactor.
Just after the meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is expected to visit Seoul on Tuesday for a two-day trip to discuss North Korea issues with his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong.
It's left to be seen whether Seoul's diplomatic efforts with the U.S., Japan and China will bear fruit, and eventually lead to a resumption of talks between the two Koreas.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.