July 23, 2018 10:54
National security adviser Chung Eui-yong returned to Seoul on Sunday after a two-day visit to the U.S., where he met White House National Security adviser John Bolton on Saturday.
It was Chung's first visit to Washington since May 4, but Cheong Wa Dae did not say what the reason for the trip was.
It came as denuclearization talks between the U.S. and North Korea stalled and South Korea is accused of turning a blind eye to shipments of North Korean coal.
Until now, Cheong Wa Dae has been forthcoming about Chung's visits. One diplomatic source said, "There must be a reason why Chung's visit to Washington is being kept under wraps."
A Cheong Wa Dae official said the trip was aimed at "stimulating U.S.-North Korean dialogue and to strengthen [South] Korea-U.S. cooperation." But others suspect that Seoul was trying to deal with misunderstanding with Washington over the pace of denuclearization.
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