Japanese, U.S. and S. Korean foreign ministers to meet

TOKYO (BestGrowthStock) – The foreign ministers of the United States, Japan and South Korea will meet in Washington on December 6 to discuss the crisis with North Korea, the Nikkei news agency reported on Monday.

Nikkei, quoting “sources close to the matter”, said the three countries hoped to nudge China to use its leverage to restrain its ally, communist North Korea, which launched a deadly artillery attack on a South Korean island last week.

The three countries will also discuss a proposal by China to hold a summit meeting of the six parties which have been trying to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program. Russia and North Korea are part of that group.

In Washington, a White House official declined to confirm the meeting, saying only that the United States was consulting South Korea, Japan and other partners “on the way forward” on the North Korean situation.

Asked about the possibility of a meeting, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, told reporters: “That is something that we have discussed and … if that meeting has been confirmed, we’ll announce it shortly.”

(Editing by David Storey and Sandra Maler)

Japanese, U.S. and S. Korean foreign ministers to meet