Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono says he is ready to sit down with his South Korean counterpart during a meeting of Asia-Pacific defense ministers in Thailand next month.
Kono is considering traveling to Bangkok in mid-November to join the international meeting.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Kono expressed his intention of holding a meeting with the US and South Korean defense ministers in Bangkok. He said it is important that Japan, the US and South Korea work together at a time of repeated North Korean ballistic missiles tests.
Kono also expressed his willingness to hold discussions with South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo if the opportunity arises.
Kono may want to exchange views with Jeong before the two countries' General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, expires in late November.