Arrangements are being made by Japan, the U.S., and South Korea to convene a meeting of their chief representatives to the Six-Party Talks in Tokyo later this month to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development, a Japanese government source revealed on April 11.
It is expected that the meeting will be joined by Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the Asia and Pacific bureau in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Yun, special representatives for North Korean policy in the U.S. Department of State, and Kim Hong-kyun, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs in the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
While experts are pointing out that North Korea may conduct its sixth nuclear test soon, the U.S. Navy has dispatched an aircraft carrier to the waters near the Korean Peninsula. Amid such escalating tensions, Japan, the U.S., and South Korea aim to reassert their partnership. They are also expected to discuss urging China to step up its pressure on the North.