Moon’s security aide visits U.S. for talks over peninsula denuclearization

SEOUL, A security secretary for South Korean President Moon Jae-in recently traveled to the United States to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a presidential official said Tuesday.

Choi Jong-kun, the secretary for peace and arms control, departed for Washington D.C. on Sunday amid reports that Washington might have been unnerved by a recent inter-Korean military agreement on conventional arms control that could affect U.S. military operations in the South.

"There have recently been active exchanges between South Korea and the U.S. vis-a-vis the situation on the peninsula," the official said on condition of anonymity. "Choi's visit to the U.S. came in line with this."

Reports have recently emerged that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed discomfort over the military agreement, which some critics say appears to have been reached without sufficient advance coordination with Washington.

The two Koreas' defense chiefs signed the agreement after the third summit between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang last month. It includes a series of measures aimed at reducing military tensions and preventing accidental clashes.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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