The United States hopes that North Korea will respond positively to its offer “to meet anywhere, anytime, without preconditions,” its nuclear envoy said Monday in Seoul.
Ahead of the first summit between President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday, Seoul is pushing for bilateral consultations with Tokyo on the planned discharge of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi held their first talks in London Wednesday, attempting to mend strained bilateral ties, immediately following a trilateral meeting with their U.S. counterpart.
The top security advisers of Seoul, Washington and Tokyo agreed on the need to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue through diplomacy and to resume denuclearization talks at an early date, said Suh Hoon, director of the National Security Office.
President Moon Jae-in’s national security adviser will travel to the United States this week to talk with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts about North Korea, the Blue House confirmed Wednesday.
The Joe Biden administration is working to strengthen not only its trilateral cooperation with Korea and Japan, but also the bilateral relations between its Asian allies, the U.S. State Department stressed Sunday.
Negotiations between labor officials, business owners and the government to secure a deal to improve employment stability fell apart late Thursday after the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) failed to reach a consensus.
Senior diplomats from Korea and China held a videoconference Thursday to discuss the possibility of their countries and Japan holding an annual trilateral summit this year and ways to handle the aftermath of the new coronavirus.