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S. Korea launches task force to strengthen policy communication with Biden gov't

Diplomacy 19:06 January 28, 2021

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's foreign ministry on Thursday launched a task force aimed at strengthening policy-related communication with the new administration of U.S. President Joe Biden and American experts.

The launch came amid Seoul's efforts to beef up cooperation with the Biden government in resuming dialogue with Pyongyang and advancing its stalled agenda of fostering a lasting peace on the divided Korean Peninsula.

The need for policy communication with the United States has also arisen amid criticism in Washington that South Korea's recently legislated ban on the sending of anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the North could hurt the freedom of expression and block the flow of outside information into the reclusive state.

First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun presided over the first session of the task force consisting of officials from related ministry bureaus, including those in charge of North American affairs, nuclear diplomacy, public diplomacy and Asia Pacific affairs.

"Vice Foreign Minister Choi emphasized that communication with various people in the U.S. policy community, including experts on diplomacy and security, is more important than at any time to strengthen cooperation between the two countries and make actual progress on the Korean Peninsula peace process," the ministry said in a press release.

The ministry said that through the task force, it would seek to have close communication with U.S. policymakers, as well as scholars, to help enhance their understanding of South Korea's foreign policy.

First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun presides over a task force aimed at strengthening policy communication with the United States at the foreign ministry in Seoul on Jan. 28, 2021, in this photo released by the ministry. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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