Japan, South Korea prepare to resume security dialogue for first time in 5 years

The governments of Japan and South Korea are preparing for the resumption of a bilateral security dialogue. It is aimed at boosting cooperation at a time of repeated ballistic missile launches by North Korea.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol is scheduled to visit Japan on Thursday and Friday and hold a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. The visit will be the first in about four years by a South Korean president.

Arrangements are underway for the two leaders to confirm at their summit the resumption of a security dialogue between foreign and defense officials from the two countries.

If resumed, the dialogue will be the first in about five years.

It had been stalled due to a strain in bilateral relations over issues including wartime labor and the 2018 radar incident, in which a South Korean destroyer allegedly leveled radar at a Japanese Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft. South Korea said the destroyer was using radar to search for a drifting North Korean ship.

The two sides are also discussing whether to resume shuttle diplomacy by their leaders. Such mutual visits have not taken place in more than 10 years.