WORLD Pompeo, S. Korean minister meet to coordinate on Peninsula issues

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Pompeo, S. Korean minister meet to coordinate on Peninsula issues

Xinhua

13:15, November 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had met with South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon to coordinate on issues related to the Korean Peninsula, the State Department said Friday.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with South Korean Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon, at the State Department, Friday Nov. 16, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: AP)

Pompeo and Cho "affirmed their commitment to close coordination" and "discussed ways to deepen coordination so that inter-Korean cooperation and progress on US-DPRK negotiations toward denuclearization remain aligned," according to a statement issued by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

The official KCNA news agency of the the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported earlier on Friday that Kim Jong-un, the country's top leader, visited the testing ground of the Academy of Defence Science and supervised the test of a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon.

Speaking about the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a press briefing on Thursday, Nauert said: "We have a long way to go. We believe in giving diplomacy a chance."

"When the President (Donald Trump) and Chairman Kim are next able to meet, whenever that does take place -- we think probably early in the next year -- we expect that those four elements of the Singapore summit will be addressed by the two leaders," she added.

The first-ever DPRK-US summit was held in Singapore on June 12. According to a joint statement signed by Trump and Kim, the United States would provide security guarantee to the DPRK in return for Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization.

Following the leaders' meeting, the US-DPRK talks were once stuck in an impasse due to differences over the scale of denuclearization, US sanctions, and whether to issue a war-ending declaration.  

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