Seoul, Washington to hold strategic dialogue next week

11 October 2017 7:08 AM

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will visit Seoul next week for strategic talks with First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam on Oct. 18, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

They will discuss U.S. President Donald Trump's planned trip to South Korea, slated for November, North Korea's nuclear threats and bilateral relations, the ministry said.

This will be Sullivan's first trip to South Korea since President Moon Jae-in's administration began its term in May.

It will also be the first time since June 2014 that the two allies have held strategic talks between their No. 2 diplomats.

"We expect South Korea and the U.S. will be able to bolster their coordination and alliance through the strategic dialogue next week," a foreign ministry official said.

Meanwhile, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama will join Lim and Sullivan later on Oct. 18 for three-way talks.

They will share thoughts on various issues regarding regional security, such as North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, management of the Korean Peninsula situation and the Seoul-Washington-Tokyo alliance.


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