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U.S. emphasizes trilateral cooperation ahead of U.S. officials' visits to Seoul, Tokyo Updated: 2021-03-15 16:01:24 KST


The U.S. State Department says "no relationship is more important" than the Seoul-Washington-Tokyo relationship.
In a statement on Sunday, the department said the U.S. continues to promote trilateral cooperation against COVID-19 and climate change, as well as reinvigorating cooperation on the denuclearization of North Korea.
This comes ahead of the planned visits to Seoul and Tokyo this week by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
They plan to have so-called "two plus two" meetings with their South Korean and Japanese counterparts.
The Biden administration is apparently seeking to mend the Seoul-Tokyo ties that have been weakened over a series of historical issues.

While the U.S. is reviewing its new North Korea policy, one of the agendas during the visits to Seoul and Tokyo is Korean Peninsula affairs.
A senior State Department official, Sung Kim said the U.S. is expected to complete its North Korea policy in a few weeks, adding the upcoming visit will provide great opportunities for the Asian allies to offer their own input into a new North Korea policy.
Reuters reported that Pyeongyang has been unresponsive to behind-the-scenes attempts by Washington to reach out.
The Biden administration has reportedly used multiple channels since February, but hasn't received any response from Pyeongyang.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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