S. Korea, U.S. envoys discuss end-of-war proposal, ways to restart talks with N. Korea
Updated: 2021-10-19 08:18:04 KST
Nuclear envoys from South Korea and the U.S. met on Monday to discuss ways to restart talks with North Korea over denuclearization.
For more, we have our foreign affairs correspondent Yoon Jung-min on the line.
Jung-min, what's the latest?
Mark. Right after a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Noh Kyu-duk on Monday, U.S. special envoy Sung Kim reiterated that Washington remains committed to working closely with Seoul and Tokyo to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
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"The U.S. continues to reach out to Pyeongyang to restart dialogue. Our intent remains the same. We harbor no hostile intent towards the DPRK, and we are open to meeting with them, without pre-conditions."
Sung Kim added that while seeking engagement with North Korea, the U.S. also has a responsibility to implement UN Security Council resolutions when addressing the regime.
And speaking to reporters, the U.S. envoy said he and his Korean counterpart discussed South Korean President Moon Jae-in's proposal for an end-of-war declaration, adding he looks forward to continuing those discussions and other issues of mutual concern.
Kim said he plans to visit Seoul later this week.
The American diplomat also touched upon the Biden administration's focus on human rights issues in North Korea as well as humanitarian concerns.
He added the U.S. supports the provision of humanitarian aid to North Korea.
The two diplomats have recently been discussing providing the North with humanitarian aid as part of measures to bring Pyeongyang back to the negotiating table.
Kim also urged North Korea to resolve the Japanese abductee issue.
South Korean special envoy Noh told reporters that he and his U.S. counterpart discussed ways to engage with North Korea, including joint humanitarian cooperation projects and meaningful ways to build trust.
He added they had in-depth talks on the Korean government's proposed end-of-war declaration to officially put an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.
Noh said he expects the talks served as a chance to deepen the U.S.' understanding on the issue and said the two countries will continue close consultations.
They two envoys last met in Jakarta some 20 days ago.
And on Tuesday in Washington, chief nuclear envoys from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan are set to meet for more talks on North Korea.
It's been a month since the three last met in Japan.
They have been stressing the importance of trilateral cooperation on the regional issues, including that of North Korea.