October 08, 2019 09:39
Seoul's chief nuclear negotiator Lee Do-hoon flew to Washington on Monday morning in a bid to salvage U.S. talks with North Korea.
Lee will be briefed by U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun on the breakdown of the latest working-level talks between the two countries in Stockholm.
Seoul had no proper role to play in the latest talks and, unlike in earlier talks, had not been kept abreast of developments at every stage, apparently because North Korea objected.
"It's still too early to evaluate the latest talks," a senior Cheong Wa Dae official said. "What's important is for the negotiators from Pyongyang and Washington to sit down and talk again."
"Denuclearization talks haven't come to an end yet, so it would be inappropriate for us to make any comments because hasty judgment can lead to misunderstanding."
Meanwhile, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Washington has already briefed Japanese officials. Shigeki Takizaki, the chief of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau at the Japanese Foreign Ministry, will visit Washington to listen to more explanations and discuss a response.
Lee is also expected to meet Takizaki in Washington.
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