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S. Korea, U.S. discuss N. Korean leader's latest message

All Headlines 16:44 January 02, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- The top nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States had phone talks with each other Wednesday on the New Year's address by North Korea's leader.

Stephen Biegun, Washington's special representative for Pyongyang, and his counterpart Lee Do-hoon compared assessments of Kim Jong-un's message, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Biegun also briefed Lee on information related to recent contact between the two sides during their half-hour conversation, it added.

They talked about strategies for denuclearization and a peace regime as well as plans for consultations between the allies.

In the televised speech, the North's leader reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization and willingness to hold a second summit with President Donald Trump.

Kim, however, said his communist regime may be compelled to seek a "new path" if the U.S. pushes for continued sanctions and pressure. He did not mention any specific plan for additional denuclearization steps in the speech that focused on economic growth and a peace vision.

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