S. Korea, U.S. closely coordinating for summits with N. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea and the United States are closely coordinating through diverse channels for the success of their planned summits with North Korea, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

"The government is making utmost efforts so as to accomplish desired results in the forthcoming inter-Korean summit with regard to denuclearization and other various issues," ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said in a press briefing.

"In that vein, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is mustering a lot of efforts to maintain close communication and to strengthen cooperation with the U.S. through various diplomatic channels of different levels ahead of the two summits, including the South Korean Embassy in the U.S.," the spokesman noted.

Earlier this week, South Korean officials confirmed that Cho Yoon-Je, ambassador to the U.S., and Susan Thornton, acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia, have recently set up a channel of regular communication as part of their preparations for the April 27 summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as well as President Donald Trump's summit with Kim in May or June.

South Korea's top national security adviser Chung Eui-yong is also set to have his first meeting on Thursday with John Bolton following his inauguration earlier this week as the national security adviser to President Trump.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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