U.S.-China-S. Korea talks not aimed at excluding Japan: Seoul

South Korea does not aim to shut out Japan in pushing for a trilateral strategic dialogue with the United States and China on issues related to North Korea, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se said Tuesday.

Speaking at the National Assembly's foreign policy committee, Yun said there are already diplomatic forums involving Japan, South Korea and the United States, and South Korea has already briefed the Japanese government on the proposed U.S.-China-South Korea strategic dialogue.

While South Korea had initially proposed to host the first round of the trilateral dialogue in late June, the three parties have tentatively agreed to hold the meeting in South Korea before the end of July, Yun said.

Yun said the meeting involves working-level officials from the three countries.

Japan, the United States and South Korea are arranging a meeting of foreign ministers next month in Brunei on the sidelines of a regional security forum to reaffirm their common stand on North Korean nuclear and missile issues, Japanese government sources said Saturday.