Japan, U.S., S. Korea foreign chiefs plan talks

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan, the United States and South Korea are considering holding a meeting of their foreign ministers in Washington on or around March 16, following this week’s agreement between North Korea and South Korea to hold a bilateral summit in late April, it was learned on Thursday.

At the envisioned meeting, the Japanese government hopes to reconfirm the three allies’ collaboration on maximizing pressure on Pyongyang to make it abandon its nuclear and missile programs, according to a government source.

Concerns about South Korea’s leaning toward a dialogue with North Korea are growing within the Japanese government.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono is expected to urge his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung Wha, to stick to the trilateral cooperation on North Korea, while calling on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to remain cautious about having talks with North Korea.

Kono is considering visiting the United States from March 16 to 18.Speech

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