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Achieving denuclearization of Korean peninsula 'common goal' of S. Korea, U.S.: Chung Eui-yong Updated: 2021-02-10 05:47:33 KST

Seoul's new foreign minister Chung Eui-yong expects good communication between South Korea and the U.S. for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, as it is their common goal.

"It's a common goal between South Korea and the U.S. to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as early as possible, so I believe the talks will facilitate coordination on how we can achieve that."

He added that the denuclearization of North Korea is a key issue that can no longer be postponed.
This comes amid recent speculation that the two allies had been drifting apart on ways to achieve denuclearization of the regime.
On the issue of Seoul cooperating with the Quad countries the U.S., India, Japan and Australia the minister said Seoul is ready to work with any organization that's open and inclusive.

"Regarding the Quad, I believe we can actively cooperate with any regional consultative body or organization if it is transparent, open, and inclusive, while conforming to international rules."

Chung also acknowledged that both Washington and Beijing are important for South Korea.
He added that there are some sectors where the U.S. and China can cooperate, such as tackling climate change or a pandemic, as well as achieving peace on the Korean peninsula.
The new foreign minister also pledged that Seoul would play a larger role in global issues, including health cooperation, the economy, climate and democracy.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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