S.Korea, U.S. Discuss Moon's N.Korea Offers

  • By Kim Jin-myung

    February 11, 2020 13:48

    U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Korea Alex Wong arrives at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on Monday.

    South Korea and the U.S. met to discuss North Korean issues in Seoul on Monday, especially President Moon Jae-in's offers to the North of economic cooperation that might bypass international sanctions.

    The meeting had been requested by the U.S. as a follow-up to a meeting in Washington last month between the U.S.' North Korea point man Stephen Biegun and Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's chief nuclear negotiator.

    This time Alex Wong, the U.S. deputy special representative for North Korea, led the U.S. delegation to meet his counterpart Rhee Dong-yeol, a director genera at the Foreign Ministry.

    The U.S. officials asked questions about President Moon Jae-in's proposals to North Korea in his New Year's address in January, which included boosting individual tourism to the crackpot country, reconnecting inter-Korean railways and roads, and turning the demilitarized zone into a "peace zone."

    "We explained that this meant allowing members of separated families to go on individual tours on a trial basis," a government source here said. "The U.S. delegation reiterated that Washington supports inter-Korean talks but they must should proceed in keeping with the denuclearization process," which requires adhering to global sanctions against the North.

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