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Senior diplomats of S. Korea, U.S. discuss Korea peace efforts

All Headlines 14:34 September 14, 2018

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam held telephone talks with David Hale, the new U.S. undersecretary for political affairs, on Friday over ongoing efforts to foster a lasting peace on the peninsula, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

The conversation was held ahead of a third inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which is slated to take place in Pyongyang from Sept. 18-20.

"Given that cooperation between South Korea and the U.S. is crucial in making actual progress (in denuclearization and peace efforts), I hope that the diplomatic authorities of the two countries can hold close consultations going forward," Lim was quoted by the ministry as saying.

Hale said in response that he would ensure close cooperation between the allies.

The two diplomats also shared the understanding that the two countries can work together to strengthen cooperation on various regional and global issues aside from bilateral matters.

Hale, who took office late last month, served in various high-profile diplomatic posts, including those in Lebanon and Pakistan.

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