Top security advisers of S. Korea, U.S., Japan meet over N. Korea

WASHINGTON-- The top national security advisers of South Korea, the United States and Japan held talks in Washington on Wednesday to discuss recent developments with North Korea.

Chung Eui-yong, director of Cheong Wa Dae's national security office, met with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts -- Robert O'Brien and Shigeru Kitamura, respectively -- at the White House amid Pyongyang's threats to take "shocking actual action" and showcase a "new strategic weapon" over stalled denuclearization talks with Washington.

Details of their conversation were not immediately available. Chung and O'Brien also held bilateral talks.

Speaking to reporters before leaving Seoul for Washington on Tuesday, Chung said he expected the meeting to focus on the recent situation on the Korean Peninsula and "ways to bring permanent peace to the peninsula through denuclearization negotiations."

Asked if he planned to discuss the possibility of deploying South Korean troops to the Strait of Hormuz amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran, he said, "We will talk about our views on various different issues, too."

Wednesday's meeting was also expected to serve as an opportunity to reaffirm the need for trilateral cooperation among the three countries following the near-termination of a military intelligence-sharing pact between Seoul and Tokyo.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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