S. Korea to consult closely with U.S. for peace on peninsula: ambassador

WASHINGTON, South Korea will consult closely with the United States as it seeks to bring lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula, Seoul's top envoy to Washington said Friday.

Amb. Cho Yoonje reaffirmed the countries' close ties in the wake of last week's second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jongun, which failed to produce an agreement on denuclearizing the North.

"Although the U.S.North Korea summit meeting in Hanoi did not bring about the result we had hoped, the U.S. and North Korea both expressed their commitment to continuing the talks," he said at an event marking the 100th anniversary of Korea's March 1 independence movement against Japanese colonial rule.

The ambassador compared the diplomatic effort to a moving train heading toward the goal of "a new Korean Peninsula of peace and cooperation" and acknowledged that there may be "peaks and valleys" ahead.

"Throughout this process, the U.S. is and will remain our indispensable partner," he said. "We will continue to consult closely with the U.S., as well as cooperate with our neighbors and the wider international community."

South Korea has been eager to restart interKorean economic projects to incentivize the North's denuclearization, while Washington has insisted on keeping sanctions on the regime until after it abandons its nuclear weapons program.

The difference has led to perceptions of a rift in the allies' relations.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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