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The U.S. Japan and South Korea alliance to discuss North Korea in April

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The U.S. Japan and South Korea alliance to discuss North Korea in April

The U.S. Japan and South Korea alliance will hold trilateral talks on April 2 (Friday).

Yonhap News Agency reported that the White House National Security Council (NSC) issued a statement on Tuesday (30th) that US National Security Adviser Sullivan, Japan’s National Security Agency Shigeru Kitamura, and South Korea’s Blue House National Security Office Director Xu Xun will go to Maryland in the United States. Meeting at a Naval Officer School in Annapolis, State.

Analysts believe that the three parties may finally coordinate the U.S. policy toward North Korea during the talks.

The National Security Council of the United States said that this meeting is the first multilateral dialogue held by the heads of national security of the three countries since the establishment of the Biden administration. It will be a discussion on various regional focus issues such as maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, joint prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic, and response to climate change. The opportunity to prioritize foreign policy shows that the United States attaches great importance to achieving common prosperity in the free and open Indo-Pacific region, as well as deepening and expanding cooperation on major hot issues.

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In addition, the Blue House also announced that Xu Xun will visit the United States in April.

It is reported that Xu Xun will meet with Sullivan separately to discuss the hot issues of the Korean-US alliance such as the US policy on North Korea. Xu Xun will also meet separately with Shigeru Kitamura to jointly negotiate a cooperation plan between South Korea and Japan in realizing permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

According to observations, the United States may make a more specific explanation on its foreign policy toward North Korea during this meeting, conduct final coordination with South Korea and Japan, and clarify the basic framework of its North Korea policy soon. Whether Xu Xun will actively persuade the United States to pass the end-war declaration to ease the stalemate between North Korea and the United States has attracted attention from all parties.

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