한미일 6자회담 수석대표 12월 중순 서울서 회동 추진
The UN Security Council is expected to adopt a new resolution responding to North Korea's fifth nuclear test.
Meanwhile Seoul, Washington and Tokyo are discussing a potential date to meet next month to draw up their own set of unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang.
Connie Kim fills us in.
The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan could meet in Seoul in December to reaffirm their commitment in pressuring North Korea.
Diplomatic sources say a specific date for the trilateral meeting is currently being ironed out for some time in mid-December.
Kim Hong-kyun, the Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs for the Republic of Korea, will meet his U.S. and Japanese counterparts Joseph Yun and Kenji Kanasugi respectively,… marking the first meeting among the three since Washington's envoy was appointed in October.
The three nuclear chiefs are set to discuss a separate set of unilateral sanctions against North Korea following the upcoming adoption of a UN Security Council resolution aimed at punishing the North for its fifth nuclear test.
In addition, the trilateral meeting is forecast to reaffirm Seoul, Washington and Tokyo's strong will to further pressure Pyongyang for its nuclear weapons program.
Also, response measures against a possible provocation by the regime coinciding with the incoming Trump administration in the U.S. and the unstable political situation in South Korea will be another issue topping the meeting's agenda.
And with Seoul and Tokyo signing a bilateral military information-sharing pact on Pyongyang in November, many are expecting the top nuclear envoys to seek ways to further enhance the exchange of intelligence among the three allies to better counter the North's provocations.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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