South Korea, US, Japan to Hold Summit Next Week
South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold a trilateral summit in The Hague next week on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.
Presidential Spokesman Min Kyung-wook told reporters about the plan Friday, saying Seoul's Foreign Ministry will officially announce the three-way gathering later in the afternoon.
The upcoming talks will mark the first time South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a summit. The three-way gathering will also mark the first time in two years the two leaders meet. Earlier on Friday, Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun said South Korea, the US and Japan have agreed to hold the summit next week.
The daily said the three countries are coordinating ways to jointly announce the trilateral summit in the Netherlands. Quoting a South Korean government official, the daily said President Park decided to hold the meeting after being briefed on the results of a National Security Council meeting held on Wednesday.
The report said that at the meeting, participants had stressed the need for leaders of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan to boost cooperative ties on handling issues related to North Korea on the occasion of the Nuclear Security Summit. The daily said the three countries are already coordinating on the summit agenda and North Korean nuclear issue will likely be the key topic during the meeting. It said the issue of Japan’s wartime sex slavery will not be put on the table.
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