SEOUL, South Korea and France will hold high-level talks this week on ways to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue, Seoul's foreign ministry said Monday.

Lee Do-hoon, the country's top nuclear envoy, plans to visit France for the session to be joined by Nicolas de Riviere, director general for political affairs and security at the French foreign ministry.

The bilateral meeting, slated for Wednesday, would be the third of its kind.

Lee, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, will brief the French side on the current situations ahead of an inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang next week, according to his ministry.

The two sides will also have in-depth discussions on how to denuclearize the peninsula and create lasting peace.

As a standing member of the U.N. Security Council and the European Union, France has been keenly interested in the nuclear issue.

South Korea launched the high-profile consultations with France in January 2017 followed by the second session in December the same year.

Source: Yonhap News Agency