WORLD US, ROK consider dropping controversial DPRK coordinating group


US, ROK consider dropping controversial DPRK coordinating group


13:16, June 22, 2021

The United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have agreed to consider ending a working group established to coordinate the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) policy, the ROK's foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Noh Kyu-duk (R), the Republic of Korea (ROK)'s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, talks with Sung Kim (L), US Special Representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, during their bilateral meeting in Seoul, ROK, June 21, 2021. /Reuters via CGTN

Sung Kim, US special representative for the DPRK, and his ROK counterpart Noh Kyu-duk agreed on Monday to "look into terminating the working group" while reinforcing coordination at other levels, the ministry said in a statement.

On Monday, Kim said he was pleased to meet with DPRK representatives "anywhere, anytime without preconditions" and that he looks forward to a "positive response soon." He was scheduled to meet with ROK Unification Minister Lee In-young, who handles relations with the DPRK, on Tuesday.

The working group was set up in 2018 to help the two allies coordinate their approaches to issues such as denuclearization talks, humanitarian aid, sanctions enforcement and inter-Korean relations amid a flurry of diplomatic engagement with the DPRK at the time.

(With input from Reuters)

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