WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) — Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink will travel to South Korea next week for talks on various issues, including the evolution of North Korean threats, the State Department announced on Friday.
The Deputy Secretary will travel to Mongolia and South Korea from Monday to Saturday.
“In Seoul, the Assistant Secretary will hold meetings with ROK government officials to discuss strengthening the U.S.-Korea alliance and bilateral cooperation on a wide range of regional and global issues, including the threat posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Russia’s unprovoked and unprovoked brutal war against Ukraine,” the department said in a press release, referring to North Korea by its official name. .
ROK stands for the official name of South Korea, the Republic of Korea.
The planned visit comes amid fears of a potential nuclear test by North Korea.
Officials in Seoul and Washington said the North appears to have completed all preparations for what will be its seventh nuclear test and the country may be just measuring the timing.
North Korea conducted its sixth and final nuclear test in September 2017.
“The deputy secretary will also stress the importance of trilateral cooperation between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan,” the department said of Kritenbrink’s upcoming trip to Seoul.