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S. Korean, U.S. nuclear envoys discuss N. Korea by phone

All News 15:39 January 01, 2020

SEOUL, Jan. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's chief nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon spoke by phone with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun on Wednesday after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned he would soon unveil "a new strategic weapon," an official said.

The two sides exchanged their assessments of Kim's remarks made during a four-day meeting of the ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, and discussed ways of cooperation to denuclearize and bring lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula, the official said.

Lee is working on a plan to visit Washington later this month for talks with Biegun.

Earlier, the North's leader said there is no ground for him to keep his promise to suspend nuclear and long-range missile tests, and the world will "witness a new strategic weapon" to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future."

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, then special representative for North Korea policy, shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon at the foreign ministry in Seoul on Dec. 16, 2019. (Yonhap)


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