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U.S., ROK senior diplomats discuss North Korea’s denuclearization

  • October 30, 2018
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Asahi wrote from Seoul that visiting U.S. Representative for North Korea Biegun held talks with South Korea’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee on Monday and exchanged views on DPRK denuclearization and inter-Korean economic cooperation. Following his separate meeting with Foreign Minister Kang, Biegun reportedly emphasized the importance of deepening communications and coordination between Washington and Seoul in order to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea. The daily added that he was probably eager to address mounting concern within the international community that the rapid rapprochement between the Moon administration and the Kim regime, as evidenced by the planned start in late November of construction work to connect the two nations through roads and railways, will weaken global sanctions on the DPRK in the absence of concrete progress on denuclearization.


Sankei ran a similar report, quoting Biegun as saying that the U.S. and South Korea share the goal of ending hostility on the Korean Peninsula and achieving complete denuclearization and that he is absolutely confident that the goals shared by the two nations’ leaders can be achieved.

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