Delayed DPRK-U.S. high-level talks can be seen as process of denuke, peace-building: S.Korea

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-07 15:35:15|Editor: xuxin
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SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The delayed high-level talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States can be seen as a process of completely denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and building a peace regime, local media reports said Wednesday citing Seoul's foreign ministry.

An unnamed senior foreign ministry official told local reporters that it was sorry for the DPRK and the United States to delay their scheduled dialogue as South Korea anticipated a progress in the denuclearization and the permanent peace on the peninsula through the dialogue.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a senior-level DPRK delegation, including Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the DPRK's ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, had been due to meet in New York Thursday.

However, the U.S. State Department announced the high-level talks would take place at a later date.

The Seoul ministry official said it wasn't necessary to read too much into the delayed talks as it can be seen as one process of achieving the goal of complete denuclearization and peace regime on the peninsula.

The official said South Korea anticipated the reconvening of the DPRK-U.S. talks at an earliest possible date, noting that the dialogue momentum still existed between Pyongyang and Washington.

The presidential Blue House of South Korea said the country was informed by the U.S. side of the delayed talks in advance.