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S.Korea, US agree to launch working-level dialogue channel

South Korea and the United States agreed to launch a working-level dialogue channel to regularly discuss the issues of mutual concern, South Korea’s foreign ministry said Friday.

South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun held talks in Washington on Thursday (Washington time) with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun to make a broad discussion on the bilateral relations, the Korean Peninsula issues and regional situations.

The two diplomats shared the need to set up a new director general-level dialogue channel, tentatively named the ‘Alliance Dialogue,’ to regularly review and cooperate on the issues of mutual concern, the foreign ministry said.

Choi and Biegun shared their assessment on the Korean Peninsula situations, agreeing to closely cooperate for the rapid resumption of talks between South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and between the DPRK and the United States.

Choi told Biegun to actively cooperate with each other to diplomatically support the permanent peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula. Biegun expressed his support for the South Korean government’s efforts to improve inter-Korean relations.

Denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been stalled since the second summit between top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump ended with no agreement in February 2019 at the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. 

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