S. Korea, U.S. hold working-group meeting to discuss DPRK issues

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-17 16:26:03|Editor: xuxin
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SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the United States on Thursday held a working-group meeting via video conference to discuss the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) issues, local media reported citing the Foreign Ministry.

An unnamed official from the ministry was quoted as saying that the South Korea-U.S. working group discussed pending issues, including the inter-Korean cooperation and relations between Seoul and Pyongyang and between Pyongyang and Washington, through video conference in the morning.

The working group was launched in November last year between the two allies to regularly communicate on the DPRK issues.

The meeting came amid expectations for Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the DPRK's ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, to visit Washington this week to discuss with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the date and venue for the second summit between top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim and Trump have already expressed their willingness to meet again after holding the first-ever DPRK-U.S. summit in Singapore in June last year.

Yonhap news agency reported that during the working-group discussion, Seoul and Washington were believed to have consulted on the video reunion of Korean families, separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, and South Korea's delivery of antiviral medication Tamiflu to the DPRK in its humanitarian aid.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the DPRK leader agreed to the video reunion of the separated families in their third summit in Pyongyang in September last year.