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Top nuclear envoys of S. Korea, U.S. hold phone talks

Diplomacy 13:42 July 08, 2021

SEOUL, July 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's chief nuclear negotiator, Noh Kyu-duk, spoke by phone with his U.S. counterpart, Sung Kim, on Thursday and discussed efforts to advance the peace process on the Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministry said.

During the phone call, Noh and Kim discussed how to work together to swiftly implement agreements reached between President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Joe Biden at their May 21 summit and to make substantive progress in efforts to realize complete denuclearization on the peninsula, the ministry said.

Their talks came after North Korea rejected a U.S. offer to hold talks "anywhere, anytime without preconditions. Kim extended the offer during a trip to Seoul last month, but Pyongyang turned it down, saying it is "not considering even the possibility of any contact with the U.S."

Noh Kyu-duk (R), South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, poses for a photo with Sung Kim, U.S. special envoy for North Korea, during their meeting at a Seoul hotel on June 21, 2021. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)


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