A trilateral meeting among the national security advisors of the U.S., South Korea and Japan scheduled for Friday will play a pivotal role in finalizing the Biden administration's new policy on North Korea.
That's according to a senior U.S. official on the eve of the three-way security talks set to take place at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The security chiefs are expected to have final consultations on Washington's new strategy toward North Korea before it's unveiled to the rest of the world.
Adopting the format of a background press call, the official said the primary goal of Friday's "private" talks is to ensure that the allies have a deep shared understanding of the circumstances taking place in North Korea.
The tone will be collaborative, he added, as Washington is open and prepared to take its Asian allies' feedback on its North Korean policy formation process.
He also noted that the security chiefs' meeting this week will not be the last but the first of many as the U.S. plans to work constantly with South Korea and Japan on shared goals of denuclearization and reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Meanwhile, Seoul's presidential office says close consultations are underway between Seoul and Washington to arrange the first face-to-face summit between Presidents Moon Jae-in and Joe Biden.
This was in response to a media report that the Blue House is seeking a bilateral summit before the G7 Leaders' Summit in the UK in June.
There are speculations that the Moon, Biden bilateral could be among the issues raised between Seoul's national security advisor Suh Hoon and his U.S. counterpart Jake Sullivan during their one-on-one this week.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.