S. Korea, U.S. have ‘strategic’ consultations on N.K. denuclearization

SEOUL, The South Korean government on Thursday labeled this week's consultations with a visiting U.S. State Department official as part of routine "strategic" consultations between the two sides on North Korea.

Mark Lambert, the department's Korea desk director and acting deputy assistant secretary, arrived in Seoul on Wednesday for a two-day stay. He met with Kim Tae-jin, head of the North American affair bureau, and Jeong Yeon-doo, director general for the North Korean nuclear issue.

His trip is "part of strategic communication that has been made between South Korea and the United States on various levels for complete denuclearization and the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula," said Noh Kyu-duk, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The allies had in-depth discussions on ways to achieve "substantive progress" in the efforts through the implementation of the inter-Korean Panmunjom Declaration and North Korea-U.S. summit talks, he said at a press briefing.

Entering the ministry's building earlier in the day, Lambert did not answer reporters' questions.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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