South Korean Foreign Minister May Hold Meetings with U.S. and Japanese Counterparts

South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-Yul could hold bilateral talks with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa during the upcoming G20 Foreign Minister Meeting in Rio de Janeiro. Talks are also being held for Cho to hold a trilateral meeting with both Blinken and Kamikawa during the G20 meeting as well.

Should the meetings occur, it will mark the first time the diplomats will meet since Cho took office in January 2024. Previously, Cho only had separate phone conversations with Blinken and Kamikawa.

North Korea has been open to conversations with Japan, with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visiting Pyongyang should Tokyo agree to certain conditions, such as not discussing the kidnappings of Japanese citizens, with which Japan has disagreed.

The trilateral meeting will likely revolve around efforts to reinforce security between the three nations, a topic that was the focus of the Camp David Summit last August.

A meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov could also take place amid a decline in relations between South Korea and Russia after Moscow’s increasing military cooperation with North Korea.