The top foreign policymakers from South Korea and the United States are due to meet in Washington this week for talks that are expected to mostly focus on North Korea and Japan.
Officials say South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are scheduled to hold talks on Tuesday to coordinate their North Korea policies following the recent execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle, Jang Song-thaek.
They will also seek ways on how to restart the stalled six-party talks on the North's denuclearization.
Yun is also expected to bring up Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine -- the resting place of several Class-A war criminals -- and deliver Seoul's stance that such acts raise tensions in Northeast Asia.
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