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(LEAD) Top S. Korea, U.S. security advisers meet over N. Korea

All Headlines 06:41 March 09, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES with start of meeting, details in paras 1, 6-7; CHANGES headline; ADDS photo)

WASHINGTON, March 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's top national security adviser was meeting with his U.S. counterpart Thursday to discuss his recent trip to North Korea, officials here said.

Chung Eui-yong, head of the National Security Office, arrived in Washington Thursday morning to brief U.S. officials on his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un earlier this week.

Kim reportedly offered to discuss his country's nuclear weapons program with the U.S. and promised to stop all nuclear and ballistic missile testing while talks were under way.

This photo, captured from APTN footage, shows South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, at the White House in Washington on March 8, 2018. (Yonhap)

"(U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster) and Ambassador Chung are meeting this afternoon," a White House National Security Council official told Yonhap on background.

"Afterwards, the Blue House delegation will brief senior officials from the United States government," he added, referring to South Korea's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae.

At the White House, Chung was joined by Suh Hoon, chief of the National Intelligence Service and one of the five members of the presidential delegation to Pyongyang Monday and Tuesday.

The U.S. side included Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, according to the State Department. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is currently on a trip to Africa.

Chung has said he will deliver a special message from Pyongyang to Washington.

The envoys are also expected to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and possibly U.S. President Donald Trump during their three-day stay.


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