WASHINGTON, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Special envoys from the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will meet here Monday to discuss "a wide range of issues" related to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the State Department said Thursday.
Glyn Davies, the U.S. special representative for the DPRK, will exchange views with his counterparts from the two allies on pursuing "verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner," the department said in a statement.
The talks come amid heightened tensions on the peninsula, as the DPRK has fired a volley of short- and medium-range missiles in recent weeks, and earlier this week the DPRK and the ROK exchanged artillery shells into each other's waters, and Pyongyang threatened to conduct a "new form" of nuclear test in response to continued U.S. hostile policy.
Robert King, U.S. special envoy for DPRK human rights issues, began a nine-day tour of Japan and ROK Wednesday for regular consultations over "a range of human rights and humanitarian issues."
U.S. President Barack Obama met with both Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ROK President Park Geun-Hye in The Hague on March 25 on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit.