The Japanese and British foreign ministers will meet on Tuesday in Tokyo, the Foreign Ministry said Friday, with the two expected to discuss progress in the denuclearization of North Korea.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt are also expected to discuss such issues as ship-to-ship transfer of goods to North Korean vessels in violation of U.N. sanctions.
During the seventh so-called strategic dialogue between foreign ministers of the two countries, Kono is expected to tell Hunt that Tokyo sees little progress in efforts to prompt North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs and call for intense cooperation in monitoring the illicit maritime activities of North Korean vessels.
Britain has sent an amphibious assault ship to strengthen surveillance in the East China Sea.
Hunt will visit Tokyo on Monday for the first time and stay until Wednesday.