Security officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan will hold a meeting on Friday (2) to discuss the new US government policy for North Korea. The lack of semiconductor chips will also be discussed.
The meeting will be between Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser, Shigeru Kitamura, from Japan, and Sun Hoon, from South Korea, and will take place at a naval base in the state of Maryland.
This is the first meeting between these three allies since Joe Biden took office. Last week, North Korea fired missiles again.
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Biden said the United States remains open to the possibility of diplomatic relations with North Korea, despite missile tests. However, the president warned that there will be answers if the North Koreans step up their actions.
In addition to the North Korean missiles, the coronavirus pandemic in North Korea and the country’s relationship with China will be discussed.
The main objective is for the three allies to all know what happens on the Korean peninsula.
The US government has not revealed much about its policy towards North Korea, nor is it intended to offer concessions for the North Korean government to agree to discuss a withdrawal from maintaining nuclear weapons.
However, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday that denuclearization would be the focus of Americans, and that any action would be taken in conjunction with key allies, Japan and North Korea.
Donald Trump met North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un three times. With the meetings, the nuclear program was temporarily suspended, as well as missile launches.
Biden tried a dialogue with the North Koreans, but so far it has not been successful.
The North Korean government is trying to end the international sanctions that were imposed in response to its arms program. Last week, they said the Biden government had taken a wrong first step and defended its missile tests, which they say are defense.
A US government official who does not want to identify himself said the country is completing its strategy for North Korea, after talks with Japan and South Korea, they will implement their policy for the country.
Joseph Yun, U.S. special envoy to North Korea for Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, said the goal is obvious: the denuclearization of North Koreans. “The challenge is how to take the first step in a way that North Korea is convinced not to react in a provocative way,” he said.
Trump and Kim reached an agreement in Singapore in 2018, but it is not yet known whether the Biden government will take the terms of that understanding into account.
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