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Pres. Moon wants more work done to get inter-Korean, North Korea-U.S. relations back on track Updated: 2021-06-22 15:14:29 KST

Good evening. On the eve of his return to Washington, U.S. special envoy for North Korea Sung Kim met with President Moon at the Blue House and further discussed on ways to resume U.S., North Korea as well as inter-Korean dialogue with the South Korean president's National Security Advisor, Suh Hoon.
Our Blue House correspondent Hong Yoo is live at the presidential office.
Yoo, the President seemed absolutely determined to get North Korea, U.S. as well as inter-Korean relations back on track in the less than a year remainder of his term?

Yes Connyoung, President Moon Jae-in has asked U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, to continue making progress on cooperation with North Korea and bringing the North back to the negotiating table.
Sung Kim reaffirmed U.S. President Joe Biden's support for significant dialogue and cooperation between the two Koreas and said he will do his best to resume North Korea-U.S. talks.
President Moon added that he would do all he can to get relations between the two Koreas and Pyeongyang and Washington back on track during the remainder of his term.
After his behind-closed-door talks with President Moon, Sung Kim held separate talks with South Korea's national security advisor Suh Hoon to discuss concrete and practical measures to resume dialogue between the two Koreas and the U.S.

Meanwhile, South Korea and the U.S. have agreed to "look into terminating their working group" on North Korea policy. Number one, why was this working group so controversial; two, is there no need for a replacement to carry out at least some of its functions?

Yes, Seoul and Washington are known to have discussed a new policy discussion body to replace the working group forum.
The Director General of Korean Peninsula Peace Regime Bureau, Rim Kap-soo , and the U.S. Deputy Special Representative, Jung Pak, who are in charge of the working group, met this morning and discussed strengthening their director-general level consultations.
This is for a broader North Korean policy coordination, different to the working group which was evaluated to have focused too much on sanctions on North Korea.
The South Korea-U.S. working group was set up in November 2018 to coordinate their approaches on not only sanctions enforcement, but also inter-Korean cooperation.
The North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo-jong had criticized the forum, calling it the "noose of the pro-U.S. flunkeyism" last year.
So it will be interesting to see how this dismantlement will affect the progress of denuclearization talks and inter-Korean relations.
Earlier in the day, Sung Kim also held talks with Seoul's unification minister Lee In-young.
They agreed that it's a crucial moment for Seoul and Washington to cooperate for the resumption of dialogue with Pyeongyang.
The U.S. official also expressed support for inter-Korean dialogue and engagement.
Back to you, Connyoung.

Thank you. Our Hong Yoo from the nation's top office.
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