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S. Korea, U.S. nuclear chiefs say their meeting comes at 'important time' Updated: 2021-08-23 13:50:32 KST

The chief nuclear negotiators of South Korea and the U.S. have just wrapped up talks in Seoul.
Their meeting comes as North Korea protests the allies' joint military drills.
For more, we our foreign ministry correspondent Yoon Jung-min on the line.
Jung-min, what's the latest?
Mark, Seoul's chief nuclear envoy (노규덕)Noh Kyu-duk and his U.S. counterpart Sung Kim have held their second face-to-face talks in two months.
They said the meeting comes at an "important time" adding the recent situation surrounding the Korean peninsula has been rather "sensitive."
This comes as North Korea has recently protested against the on-going Seoul-Washington joint military drills.
Take a listen.
"This is an important moment on the Korean Peninsula. I think my visit here is another indication of Washington's determination to maintain the closest possible cooperation with the Republic of Korean government on all issues related to North Korea."
During recent high-level talks, the Korean nuclear chief said South Korea and the U.S. have agreed that they need to "break the status-quo" and "make progress", adding they have been closely coordinating on North Korea issues.
"We have also discussed in detail how we engage the DPRK to this end. I look forward to a fruitful discussion today on flexible and creative way to advance the Korean peninsula peace process."
They discussed ways to manage affairs on the Peninsula in a stable way amid protests from the North regarding the allies' joint military exercises.
Sung Kim emphasized that the exercises are "purely defensive in nature", adding that he still looks forward to meeting his North Korean counterparts anytime, anywhere.
The agenda of the meeting also included the issue of providing the North with humanitarian aid to improve health amid the pandemic and increase supply of drinking water.
The U.S. envoy had a separate meeting this morning with his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov, who is also in Seoul.
In the afternoon, Morgulov will meet South Korea's deputy foreign minister for political affairs, (여승배)Yeo Seung-bae and discuss bilateral and global issues.
The Russian diplomat is to meet his Korean counterpart Noh on Tuesday.

Back to you, Mark.
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