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Two Koreas finish coordinating on all agendas but denuclearization

Two Koreas finish coordinating on all agendas but denuclearization

Posted April. 26, 2018 07:50,   

Updated April. 26, 2018 07:50


With the inter-Korean summit that will be the starting point of discussions of the Korean Peninsula's denuclearization just around the corner, the two Koreas and the United States are moving urgently, interacting with one another.

Having finished basic coordination over major inter-Korean issues, including easing military tensions, the two Koreas reportedly agreed that Friday's summit will focus on the biggest issue – denuclearization. Chung Eui-young, director of South Korea's National Security Office at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, met with his U.S. counterpart John Bolton in Washington D.C. on Tuesday (local time) to discuss ways to coordinate over denuclearization agendas.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's top press secretary Yoon Young-chan told a press briefing on Wednesday that Chung met with U.S. national security advisor Bolton earlier on the day and finished coordinating their views on Seoul's preparation for the summit and ways to work closely together between Seoul and Washington to accomplish denuclearization of the peninsula. They agreed that President Moon and President Trump will hold a telephone conversation immediately after the South-North Korea summit before having talks in the United States in mid-May.

It seems that Chung flew to the United States just two days before the inter-Korean summit in order to briefing Washington on the results of recent inter-Korean talks over the summit agendas and listen to the Trump administration's views on denuclearization negotiations. Cheong Wa Dae is seeking to include Moon's call for "complete denuclearization" into a joint declaration following the summit.

The two Koreas have reportedly finished coordinating their positions on other summit agendas such as easing military tensions, setting up an inter-Korean liaison office and regularizing summits. "We can say that we have finished all preparations except for issues to be discussed between the two leaders," a senior official at the ruling camp said.

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