Japan, US, S.Korea to discuss N.Korea this week

Diplomats from Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet in Washington this week to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry made the announcement on Monday. It said the trilateral talks will be focused on cooperation toward denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Shigeki Takizaki, the Director-General of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, will meet Stephen Biegun, the US Special Representative for North Korea, and Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs.

The talks come after a bilateral working-level meeting between the US and North Korea in Sweden on Saturday. North Korea's chief negotiator said the talks broke down.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Monday that the government will continue pushing US-North Korea dialogue forward.

Suga also said Japan remains committed to implementing UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea by working closely with the US and international community.