Top security advisers of South Korea and Japan have discussed ways to promote cooperation among their countries and the United States.
The video meeting between South Korean National Security Advisor Kim Sung-han and his Japanese counterpart Takeo Akiba took place on Thursday, the first such talks since Kim assumed office last week.
In a press release, Kim’s office said the two sides exchanged views on the latest developments in North Korea, the regime’s possible provocations, regional matters and global issues such as the situation in Ukraine.
It added the two officials also discussed the need to develop future-oriented relations between Seoul and Tokyo.
They reportedly agreed that there is much room for three-way coordination among South Korea, the U.S. and Japan as well as bilateral cooperation between South Korea and Japan, amid the increasingly complex diplomacy in East Asia and beyond.
In light of this, Kim and Akiba saw eye to eye on the need for continued, close cooperation between their offices.
The virtual conference comes ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to South Korea and Japan, scheduled to begin on Friday.