Senior officials of Japan, the United States and South Korea will hold a meeting on the North Korean nuclear and missile issues on Monday in Washington, the U.S. State Department said Thursday.
The move follows last week's agreement by the leaders of the three countries in the Netherlands to increase trilateral policy coordination over North Korea, especially after Pyongyang launched two medium-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.
North Korea has also threatened to conduct a "new form of nuclear test."
The meeting will bring together Junichi Ihara, head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Glyn Davies, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and Hwang Joon Kook, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs.
Cho Tae Yong, who formerly represented South Korea at senior working-level trilateral talks on North Korea, was promoted to first vice foreign minister in late February.
Ihara is expected to brief his U.S. and South Korean counterparts about his recent talks with Song Il Ho, North Korea's ambassador for negotiations on normalizing relations with Japan.
Ihara is likely to reaffirm Japan's position that under the policy of "dialogue and pressure," the country, in collaboration with the United States and South Korea, will try to comprehensively resolve the North Korean nuclear and missile issues, as well as Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.