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Senior officials of U.S., Japan, ROK to meet in Washington to discuss DPRK

NHK reported at noon that a USG official disclosed on Tuesday that senior national security officials of Japan and South Korea will be invited to Washington next week for trilateral talks on North Korea. According to the network, National Security Advisor Sullivan, National Security Secretariat Secretary General Kitamura, and Office of National Security Director Suh Hoon will attend the talks. The U.S. official reportedly said they will be the highest-level foreign officials to visit Washington since the launch of the Biden administration. The network said the officials are also expected to hold bilateral talks, adding that Sullivan and Kitamura are likely to discuss the abduction issue and Japan-ROK relations as well. The U.S. official also reportedly said that the comprehensive review of U.S. policy on North Korea is “at its final stage,” adding that Washington is expected to announce its new North Korea policy after the high-level talks next week. TBS carried a similar story, adding that Kitamura is expected to confirm the importance of the trilateral alliance ahead of Prime Minister Suga’s planned visit to the U.S. in April.

 

Meanwhile, Sankei focused on remarks made to the press this morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato concerning a South Korean media report alleging that the DPRK fired two cruise missiles into the Yellow Sea on the morning of March 21. “We are aware of the report,” the government spokesman was quoted as saying. “We are constantly collecting and analyzing information on North Korea’s military activities with great interest. However, given the sensitive nature of the information, we do not comment on individual cases.”

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