November 29, 2023

ROK proposes U.S. accept closure of Yongbyon for peace declaration

Kang proposes next steps for progress, says ROK will not raise human rights issues with DPRK

The U.S. could pause demands for a nuclear inventory up front and instead offer an end-of-war declaration for the verified closure of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility, South Korea's foreign minister proposed in an interview with the Washington Post on Wednesday.

Kang Kyung-wha detailed her government's position on what it sees as the most appropriate next steps for U.S.-DPRK dialogue just days before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to travel to Pyongyang.