WASHINGTON, May 18 (Xinhua/GNA) — U.S. special envoy for policy on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Glyn Davies will travel next week to Seoul to hold a trilateral dialogue with South Korea and Japan to discuss mainly the nuclear stalemate on the Korean Peninsula, the State Department announced Thursday.
Davies will lead the U.S. delegation to the May 21 dialogue, which is “part of an ongoing dialogue among all three countries to exchange views on a wide range of regional and global issues, including North Korea,” the department said in a statement.
“The discussions reflect the close cooperation between the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, as well as common values and interests across the Asia-Pacific and the globe,” it said.
Lim Sung-nam, South Korean Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Issues, and Shinsuke Sugiyama, Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs, will lead the South Korean and Japanese delegations, respectively, to the talks.
Before the dialogue, Davies will hold a bilateral meeting with Lim Sung-nam on May 20 in Seoul, where he will also meet with South Korean National Security Advisor Chun Yung-woo.
After the trilateral dialogue, Davies will travel to Beijing on May 22-23 to meet with China’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei and other senior Chinese officials to exchange views on regional issues including the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the statement added.
Then Davies will continue to visit Tokyo on May 23-25 for meetings with senior Japanese government officials, including Minister for the Abduction Issue Jin Matsubara, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Kenichiro Sasae, Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary Chikao Kawai and Sugiyama.
The six-party peace talks, which aim to find a peaceful resolution to the standoff on the DPRK’s nuclear program, have been suspended since April 2009, when the United Nations Security Council condemned the DPRK’s launch of a satellite. The talks are held by China, the DPRK, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States.
There have been speculation that the DPRK is planning on conducting another nuclear test after its failed launch of a satellite on April 13, despite strong warnings from South Korea, Japan and the U.S.