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Friday, January 12, 2018, 14:46
ROK, US top diplomats discuss outcome of inter-Korean talks
By Xinhua
Friday, January 12, 2018, 14:46 By Xinhua

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (right) shakes hands with the Republic of Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha prior to meetings at the State Department in Washington, DC, June 28, 2017. (SAUL LOEB / AFP)

SEOUL - Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Kang Kyung-wha and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the outcome of the inter-Korean dialogue held earlier this week, the ROK's foreign ministry said Friday.    

Kang and Tillerson held a telephone conversation earlier in the day, talking about the recently-held high-level talks between the ROK and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and ways to strengthen cooperation between Seoul and Washington.

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Senior-level delegations from the ROK and the DPRK met Tuesday in the truce village of Panmunjom, agreeing to hold a separate inter-Korean dialogue on military affairs.     

Pyongyang also agreed to send its high-ranking delegation and athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are set to run from February to March in the ROK's eastern county of PyeongChang.    

During the phone talks, the ROK foreign minister explained to the US secretary of state about the outcome of the inter-Korean dialogue.     

Kang stressed the position of the ROK that her country will push simultaneously for improved inter-Korean ties and the peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.     

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ROK President Moon Jae-in said in his first New Year's press conference Wednesday that improved inter-Korean relations cannot be separated from the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, noting that the two issues should be pursued simultaneously to create a virtuous cycle between them.     

On Wednesday night, Moon held a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, sharing a possibility that the inter-Korean talks can naturally lead to a dialogue between the United States and the DPRK for the denuclearized Korean Peninsula.     

Meanwhile, top nuclear envoys of the ROK and the United States held a meeting in Washington for two days from Wednesday to share the outcome and the inter-Korean talks, according to the foreign ministry.     

Lee Do-hoon, special representative for the Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, met with his US counterpart Joseph Yun.     

Lee and Yun talked about how to turn the momentum of the resumed inter-Korean dialogue into a momentum for the peaceful resolution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

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