The chief nuclear negotiators from South Korea, the U.S., and Japan will meet in Washington on Wednesday for the first time in four and half months.
Seoul's chief nuclear negotiator Cho Tae-yong is now in Washington to meet U.S. officials before attending the trilateral meeting on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
His counterparts are Glyn Davies for the U.S. and Junichi Ihara of Japan.
They are expected to discuss whether sanctions against North Korea are working and what it would take for six-party nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea to resume. They will also discuss the Chinese and North Korean positions as laid out by Wu Dawei, China's North Korea point man, when he visited Washington last week.
North Korea in meetings with U.S. experts and former U.S. government officials have called for a speedy resumption of the six-party talks "without preconditions," but the U.S. and South Korea feel there is no point until the North takes concrete steps to live up to agreements from previous rounds.