S. Korea, U.S. hold inaugural session of N.K. working group

South Korea and the United States on Tuesday held the inaugural session of a working group designed to help coordination on efforts to denuclearize North Korea.

The two sides met in Washington as diplomatic efforts to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program have stalled since historic meetings between the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, and his South Korean and U.S. counterparts.

The meeting was co-chaired on the South Korean side by Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon and on the U.S. side by Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun.

"The two nations reaffirmed the importance of the South Korea-U.S. alliance as a core pillar of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the region," Seoul's foreign ministry said in a statement.

The officials held "in-depth discussions" on complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the peninsula, implementation of U.N. Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang, and inter-Korean cooperation, it added.

They also agreed to continue their close coordination and cooperation on an "increasingly systemic and regular basis."

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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