The top US military officer has expressed plans to urge South Korea to stay in an intelligence sharing pact with Japan.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, met in Tokyo on Tuesday morning.
They agreed to express serious concern for and opposition to the unilateral changes to the status quo in the East and South China Seas, with China's maritime military ambitions in mind.
Abe and Milley confirmed that they would continue to demand the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile development program.
They agreed that their three-way partnership with South Korea is important for Pyongyang's denuclearization.
Milley also expressed gratitude for Japan's consideration to dispatch of its Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East.
After the meeting, Milley disclosed to reporters that they discussed the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA.
South Korea announced in August that it will leave GSOMIA when the pact expires on November 23.
Milley is scheduled to visit South Korea on Wednesday. He said, "It'll be the point of discussion there," and added, "We want to try to resolve that issue before it expires."