Vice foreign ministers of S. Korea, U.S. to meet next week

WASHINGTON-- The vice foreign ministers of South Korea and the United States will meet in Washington next week to discuss North Korea and the alliance, the State Department said Friday.

The meeting will take place Monday between South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.

The officials will discuss continued coordination on North Korea policy, bilateral issues, and trilateral cooperation with Japan on shared regional and global priorities, the department said in a news release.

Sullivan will also reaffirm the United States' "ironclad commitment" to the defense of South Korea and its other allies against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, it said.

The talks will precede a meeting between the two countries' defense chiefs on Wednesday.

South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are scheduled to meet at the Pentagon to discuss North Korea and the allies' combined defense capabilities, the South Korean ministry said earlier in the day.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen since North Korea conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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