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S. Korea, U.S. working groups to discuss inter-Korean cooperation next week Updated: 2020-02-08 08:46:07 KST

A bilateral meeting between Seoul and Washington is expected to take place early next week in Seoul to discuss inter-Korean issues.
According to South Korean media reports, Alex Wong, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Korea, is to meet next Monday with Rhee Dong-yeol, the Foreign Ministry's Director General for the Korean Peninsula Peace Regime.
The meeting is expected to deal specifically with Seoul's recent initiative to enable South Koreans to travel to North Korea.

"The government believes that traveling to North Korea itself does not violate the international sanctions. But the specifics have to be ironed out with the U.S. as the sanctions limit the objects and amount of foreign currency that tourists can take with them to the North."

Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha had said Thursday that Seoul hopes to boost inter-Korean cooperation this year so that it could bring North Korea back to the nuclear negotiating table.

"Related ministries are discussing what's possible under the international sanctions framework and what benefits the North. And we are sharing closely with Washington anything regarding North Korea-U.S. dialogue and inter-Korean cooperation."

To give a push to the stalled inter-Korean relations, some top officials from Seoul's Presidential Office have made a string of visits to the U.S.
Deputy National Security Adviser Kim Hyun-chong is reportedly in Washington to discuss individual tours from South Korea to the North.
This a week after the presidential secretary for peace planning, Choi Jong-kun, made his way to the U.S.
Alongside individual tours, Seoul-Washington defense cost sharing and ways to resume North Korea-U.S. dialogue were also on the table.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.
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