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S. Korea, U.S. politicians discuss N. Korea and pending issues Updated: 2021-03-02 14:49:49 KST

South Korean and U.S. lawmakers have highlighted Washington's engagement with Pyeongyang for talks on denuclearization as well as a mediating role by Seoul.

"Especially, I put some value in the Singapore joint statement between Kim Jong-un and Trump. It's a fairly simple statement saying that the two countries want, will form a better relation and it also mentions that the two countries will aim for complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

During a South Korea, U.S. lawmakers' dialogue Tuesday, the two sides discussed a range of bilateral and multilateral issues including cooperation in the Covid-19 pandemic.

"It's fortunate that the U.S., which led the global health and security initiative in 2014, has declared a return. South Korea, as a middle power, is leading the Northeast Asia Cooperation Initiative for Public Health. We hope to have more communication with the U.S. on this issue."

Trade and economics also took center stage with AI and 5G topping the agenda.

"I think there's a big opportunity for U.S.-South Korea's cooperation on the tech trade. South Korea has established itself as a global leader on technological innovation and trade, something the U.S. has benefited greatly from."

But, more than anything lawmakers from both sides agreed that they must keep the dialogue going moving forward in order to further bolster and expand the Seoul, Washington alliance on security, health and the economy.

"Congress plays a greater role in the U.S. We need to further diversify our dialogue channels between South Korea and the U.S. as virtual conferences allow us to meet freely any time, now. Especially, we need to build channels between aides and lawmakers."

And, that, he added, should help bump up the Korean peninsula agenda in the United States and resolving them.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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