Eliot Engel, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Sunday (local time) in an interview with The Dong-A Ilbo and Channel A that while it is a good idea and policy to work for (inter-Korean) cooperation, Washington needs to make sure that the North Korean regime does not use such efforts to its own advantage. The interview took place after he met with the National Assembly’s delegation to strengthen the South Korea-U.S. alliance.
Engel stressed the importance of coordination between the two allies, saying that Washington should first ask Seoul for advice and go through close consultations before making any decisions. He also added that the United States will not make any concessions unless it is confident that the North is moving towards the path of denuclearization.
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