Arriving in Washington Sunday, South Korea's top nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon said he'll be discussing issues related to the Korean Peninsula with his U.S. counterpart, Stephen Biegun, including the recent killing of a South Korean national by North Korean soldiers.
"Since the U.S. State Department says it fully supports the South Korean government on this particular issue, we'll focus on how we can work together."
Asked about the possibility of another Pyeongyang-Washington summit before the U.S. presidential election in November, Lee said it depends on North Korea.
Lee and Biegun are also set to discuss how to revive the long-stalled denuclearization talks as well as the issue of trying to declare an official end to the 1950-1953 Korean War.
Next week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to visit South Korea and Japan to bolster Washington's alliances in the greater Pacific region against China ahead of the U.S. presidential election.
Sources say that, at around at the same time, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is likely to travel to South Korea and Japan as well.
This comes after senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi travelled to Busan last month for talks with South Korea's National Security Adviser, Suh Hoon.
South Korea's presidential office also revealed that deputy security advisor Kim Hyun-chong visited the U.S. earlier this month to discuss bilateral and regional affairs.
Earlier this month, Seoul's vice foreign minister Choi Jong-kun also met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Stephen Biegun.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.