Japan, US, S.Korea security talks set for Friday

The United States will invite top national security officials from Japan and South Korea this week for the first high-level trilateral security talks since the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.

The White House released a statement on Tuesday announcing that US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will hold three-way talks on Friday with the Secretary General of Japan's National Security Secretariat, Kitamura Shigeru, and South Korea's National Security Advisor, Suh Hoon.

The officials will meet at the US Naval Academy in the state of Maryland, neighboring Washington D.C.

The statement says the meeting provides an opportunity for consultations on "a wide range of regional issues and foreign policy priorities, including maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, and combating climate change."

The Biden administration is said to be in the final stages of reviewing US policy toward North Korea, as it continues to develop its nuclear and missile programs.

The US is expected to discuss its North Korea policy with Japan and South Korea, and also to discuss with Japan the abductions of Japanese nationals by the North.

The statement says the meeting reflects "the importance we place on broadening and deepening our cooperation on key issues and advancing our shared prosperity across a free and open Indo-Pacific."