US, S. Korea to meet over North’s nukes

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SEOUL (ANI) – Top diplomats of South Korea and the United States are set to meet and hold talks in Washington DC tomorrow, during which the topic of North Korea’s denuclearisation is expected to figure.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo are scheduled to meet after the former attends a UN ministerial meeting on peacekeeping in New York on the same day, South Korea’s foreign ministry said yesterday. This will be the first meeting of the two foreign ministers after last month’s summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, ended in a stalemate with no agreement reached.

Despite the breakdown of the second US-North Korea summit, Mr Trump had maintained that the relationship with the elusive state continues to be “good”.

Ties between the US and North Korea have hit a roadblock over the easing of sanctions, where Pyongyang sought relief as a recognition of the steps taken towards denuclearisation.

Washington has, until now, reinforced that relief in sanctions would only be given after the communist country carries out “complete and verifiable” denuclearisation.

On March 14, South Korean and the US officials met in Washington DC and discussed ways to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, amid a layer of sanctions imposed on the country.

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