South Korea and the United States are setfor high-level talks on enhancing their nuclear deterrence against North Korea.
Foreign and defense officials will take partin the first Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group meeting in Washingtonon Tuesday, local time.
South Korea's First Vice Foreign MinisterLim Sung-nam and U.
Assistant Secretary for International Security and NonproliferationThomas Countryman will be among the participants.
Officials say the two sides will discuss issuessurrounding North Korea's nuclear program and how to put more pressure on the regime.
The two allies agreed to launch the meetingduring talks in October between their foreign and defense chiefs.