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Seoul, Washington maintain close alliances amid stalled denuclearization talks Updated: 2018-12-07 18:03:46 KST

South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday.
According to her, they talked about a range of issues with North Korea of course, high on the agenda.

"We discussed various topics including North Korea's denuclearization, Pyeongyang-Washington talks and inter-Korean ties as well." , ,

On Friday, Minister Kang completed her four-day trip to the U.S., during which she attended the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush and met with her counterpart, whom she last saw two months ago in Seoul.
According to Seoul's foreign ministry, Kang and Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed their close cooperation toward the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and also promised to continue working toward a satisfactory agreement on sharing the costs of U.S. troops in South Korea.

Also on Friday, the new working group on North Korea set up by the allies met by video conferencing.
It was for working-level officials, so the nuclear envoys of each side, who lead the group, did not take part.
But it did include staff from the State Department and South Korea's ministries of foreign affairs, unification and defense as well as the Blue House.
For over an hour, the two sides discussed the latest developments with North Korea as well as the regime's denuclearization.
Formed last month the group seeks to meet face-to-face once a month, and hold a video call in the middle to check progress.

In the meantime, South Korea's nuclear envoy, Lee Do-hoon, spent time on Friday with delegates from the National Committee on American Foreign Policy.
They discussed inter-Korean ties and the talks between Pyeongyang and Washington.
Seoul's foreign ministry said the meeting was a chance to enhance the delegates' understanding of South Korea's policies to gain their support.
Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.
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