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NSC discusses inter-Korean cooperation, Iran issue

All Headlines 18:01 January 16, 2020

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top security officials had discussions Thursday on the two major pending issues of resuming inter-Korean cooperation and contributing to security in the Middle East, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

In a standing committee session of the National Security Council (NSC), they discussed ways to "invigorate" the Korea peace process via a push for inter-Korean cooperation to support substantive progress in denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

In connection with the recent security conditions in the Middle East, they also reviewed how to protect South Korean people, companies and assets there as well as secure freedom of navigation for South Korean ships, Cheong Wa Dae said.

It did not provide details in a three-paragraph press release on the results of the weekly NSC meeting presided over by Chung Eui-yong, director of national security at the presidential office.

Chung Eui-yong, director of Cheong Wa Dae's national security office, in a file photo (Yonhap)

The United States reportedly wants South Korea, one of its allies, to dispatch troops to the Strait of Hormuz.

President Moon Jae-in is also pushing for the resumption of some inter-Korean projects in a bid to help facilitate North Korea-U.S. dialogue.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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