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S. Korea, U.S. top diplomats discuss N. Korea

All News 10:48 August 04, 2018

SINGAPORE, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States held one-on-one talks in Singapore on Saturday on North Korea, as they plan to attend a set of ASEAN-hosted annual sessions.

The meeting between Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came amid indications of trouble in efforts for the "complete denuclearization" of Korea under the April 27 inter-Korean summit and the June 12 talks between the leaders of the U.S. and the North.

The North has called for security assurance measures, which includes the declaration of a formal end to the Korean War, citing some of its goodwill gestures, such as the dismantling of nuclear and missile test sites. Last week, it also handed over the remains of American troops killed in the 1950-53 conflict, an implementation of a deal in the four-point Sentosa accord.

The U.S., however, has focused on pressing it to take demonstrable steps toward denuclearization.

Kang and Pompeo agreed to continue close coordination between the allies despite the setback.

They also discussed pending issues of mutual concern like the sharing of the financial burden for the U.S. Forces Korea, Iran sanctions and trade, according to a diplomatic source with related information.


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