South Korea and the U.S. begin their regular bilateral defense dialogue in Seoul in the coming hours.
The 20th Integrated Defense Dialogue brings together defense officials from the allies for a two-day meeting in Seoul.
They'll assess security issues on the Korean Peninsula, and ways to boost cooperation on denuclearization and permanent peace.
Also on the agenda is the conditions-based transfer of wartime operational control from the U.S. to South Korea.
Regarding North Korea, they'll likely discuss the North's missile capabilities based on the regime's recent launches, and its nuclear activities.