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Seoul says U.S.-N. Korea talks mark start of denuclearization process

All Headlines 11:33 July 08, 2018

SEOUL, July 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Sunday welcomed the outcome of the recent high-level dialogue between the United States and North Korea, saying it marked an important start of efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

"The North Korea-U.S. talks held in Pyongyang marked the first step in a journey toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

"As in our old saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, the start is the most important event in the whole process," he said in a released statement.

The statement came one day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up his two-day trip to the communist state. The top U.S. diplomat claimed "progress" in the first high-level denuclearization dialogue with the North. However, the North expressed regrets, calling the U.S. stance "gangster-like."

The Cheong Wa Dae spokesman said there will be many ups and downs in the process, but that they will finally reach what they set out for as long as both sides continue their dialogue in good faith.

"Our government too will closely consult with the U.S. and North Korea for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of peace," Kim said. "It will not hold back any efforts or cooperation."

bdk@yna.co.kr
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