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Yonhap: ROK intelligence chief to meet Japan, US counterparts

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 16:58

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Yonhap: ROK intelligence chief to meet Japan, US counterparts

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 16:58
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Park Ji-Won (center), director of the National Intelligence Service, speaks to the media before leaving for the DPRK at the inter-Korean transit office in Paju near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ), on Dec 16, 2014. (PHOTO / AFP)

SEOUL – Republic of Korea’ s (ROK) intelligence agency chief left for Japan Tuesday morning to meet with his Japanese and US counterparts, according to Yonhap news agency.

The administration of US President Joe Biden recently announced that it had completed the review of its DPRK policy

Park Ji-won, director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), will reportedly hold a trilateral meeting in Japan with US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Hiroaki Takizawa, director of Japan’s cabinet intelligence.

It is forecast that the officials will discuss situations in Northeast Asia and the new US policy towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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The administration of US President Joe Biden recently announced that it had completed the review of its DPRK policy.

Separately, Park will meet Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, according to Yonhap.

In November last year, Park visited Japan to meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and deliver South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s intention to improve the bilateral relations.

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The Seoul-Tokyo ties have been frosty for the past years over historical issues, such as the forced labor and the sex slavery during the 1910-45 Japanese colonization of the Korean Peninsula. 

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