1. Amid strained bilateral ties, Japan’s trade ministry has given the go-ahead to sell sensitive high-tech materials to South Korea.
  2. U.S. President Donald Trump revealed that talks aimed at getting South Korea to bear more of the burden of U.S. troops in the country have begun.
  3. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed hopes to hold a fresh round of denuclearization talks with North Korea within a “couple of weeks.”