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U.S. top diplomat, defense chief to visit Seoul to coordinate policy toward DPRK 

Yomiuri wrote that Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin will visit Seoul following Tokyo to coordinate policy toward the DPRK out of concern over the Moon administration’s conciliatory approach to Pyongyang. The paper said there is a possibility that the Biden administration will make moves to mediate between Tokyo and Seoul out of concern that friction between Japan and South Korea would hamper trilateral coordination with the United States. However, Japan has no intention to meet the ROK halfway, the daily said. Prime Minister Suga explained Japan’s position on the comfort women and requisitioned workers issues during his telephone conversation with President Biden in January and called for the United States’ understanding for Japan’s position that South Korea’s response that violates international law is the reason for the aggravated relations between Tokyo and Seoul.   

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