Thu, 29 Jul 2021

SEOUL, June 22 (Xinhua) -- A visiting U.S. nuclear envoy said Tuesday that the United States supports dialogue and cooperation between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Sung Kim, the newly appointed U.S. special representative for the DPRK, said during the talks with South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young that the United States supports "meaningful" inter-Korean dialogue, cooperation and engagement.

Kim said the United States and South Korea are "very closely aligned" on all aspects of the DPRK policy, noting that the two countries agreed on the shared commitment to pursuing the Korean Peninsula's complete denuclearization.

Minister Lee said South Korea and the United States need to move actively and quickly for the rapid resumption of dialogue, noting that the very significant "watershed" moment came to change into a mode of dialogue.

Lee said the two countries can jointly push for inter-Korean cooperation projects such as humanitarian aid, reunions of the separated families during the 1950-53 Korean War, and efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. envoy arrived here Saturday for a five-day visit, marking his first trip since he took office last month.

Kim held the trilateral talks with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts Monday, calling for a positive response from the DPRK over its offer to "meet anywhere, anytime without preconditions."

Denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been stalled since the second summit between top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and former U.S. President Donald Trump ended without agreement in February 2019 in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

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