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Senior national security officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea will hold a meeting in Annapolis, Md., On Friday, the White House said on Tuesday.

This will be the first meeting of national security advisers from the three countries since US President Joe Biden took office in January.

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After North Korea tested ballistic missiles last week, the Biden administration apparently hopes to speed up work to revise US policy towards Pyongyang through cooperation with its allies in the region – the Japan and South Korea.

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Since mid-February, the United States has been trying to open lines of communication with the nuclear-armed North, but Pyongyang has not responded.

The next meeting will bring together Shigeru Kitamura, Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat of Japan, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and South Korean National Security Advisor Suh Hoon.

According to the White House, the three officials will discuss a wide range of regional issues and foreign policy priorities, including the maintenance of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the fight against climate change.

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The trilateral talks come after Sullivan met with senior Chinese diplomats, including Communist Party of China Political Bureau member Yang Jiechi, in the US state of Alaska on March 18 and 19, and that Chinese policies in the three countries are also expected. at the top of the agenda.

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