September 24, 2021

US, South Korean officials discuss North Korea issues, humanitarian cooperation

First interagency director-level talks in Washington come as Seoul reviews DPRK aid following hotline restoration

U.S. and South Korean officials discussed denuclearization issues and humanitarian cooperation during interagency talks this week, the U.S. State Department said Thursday (U.S. time), as Seoul reviews support for aid work in North Korea following the recent restoration of inter-Korean hotlines.

U.S. Deputy Special Representative for the DPRK Jung Pak hosted the first interagency director-level talks with officials from South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Unification and Presidential Blue House, "along with National Security Council, Treasury and Defense participants," according to a State Department statement.