Arriving in Washington on 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."
Lee and Biegun will also focus on reviving the stalled denuclearization talks on the Korean Peninsula.
On Monday, Seoul's foreign ministry said it held talks for disarmament and non-proliferation with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, Marshall Billingslea who is visiting Seoul for two days.
Next week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected 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 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.
"With the ongoing conflict between the United States and China, obviously China wants to hear the ally's position on the particular issue because Pompeo hasn't visited these two ally countries in a while. And obviously they'd like to get some information directly from each ally."
"With top diplomats from both Washington and Beijing expected to visit in the near future, some careful diplomacy is needed for Seoul to try to find a solution to inter-Korean issues, while avoiding getting stuck in the middle of U.S.-China tensions.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News."