US intelligence chief to meet with ROK, Japan counterparts

US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines testifies on April 29, 2021, at a Senate Armed Services committee hearing on worldwide threats, in Washington, DC. (GRAEME JENNINGS / POOL / AFP)

WASHINGTON – The intelligence chiefs of the United States, Republic of Korea and Japan are expected to meet in Seoul early next week for closed-door discussions about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, among other issues, Yonhap news agency reported, citing a government source.

US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines will meet with Park Jie-won, head of ROK's National Intelligence Service and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan's cabinet intelligence director, Yonhap said, marking the first meeting of the three since May.

They are expected to focus on issues surrounding the DPRK, according to the report.

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not immediately respond to requests for comment.