A U.S. special envoy on North Korea's nuclear programs will make a weeklong trip starting Tuesday to China, South Korea and Japan to hold talks with his counterparts, the U.S. State Department said Thursday.
Glyn Davies, special U.S. representative for North Korea policy, will meet with Chinese officials including Wu Dawei, who will chair the six-nation talks on North Korean issues if resumed, during his stay in Beijing from Nov. 19 to 21.
The move came as officials involving the long-stalled multilateral talks have recently stepped up their activities over whether to restart the framework early. They include Wu's trip to Pyongyang and Seoul as well as a trilateral meeting with Davies and his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Washington.
Davies who heads the U.S. delegation to the six-nation talks will move to Seoul on Nov. 22 and meet with Cho Tae Yong, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, during a two-day visit. Cho will represent South Korea in the multilateral talks.
The U.S. official will meet with Junichi Ihara, the Japanese chief delegate to the six-party talks, during his stay in Tokyo on Nov. 24 and 25 before returning to Washington, the department said.
Russia is the sixth member of the China-hosted dialogue which has been deadlocked since 2008.
Key players in the multilateral talks are divided over whether to reconvene, with North Korea calling for an unconditional resumption and the United States remaining reluctant over the idea.
The United States has urged North Korea to take action and convince the other five countries of its commitment to abandoning its nuclear programs in a 2005 agreement reached in the six-party framework.