Position has been vacant since January last year
Speaking in Seoul, Secretary of Defense also says no plans to scale down U.S. troop numbers in ROK
Meeting will focus on resuming past projects, including improving infrastructure in DPRK
Construction on long-delayed project stepped up on both sides of border
Talks followed Turkish ROK Ambassador's early June trip to Pyongyang
Further signs of shift in North Korean propaganda narrative ahead of continuing U.S.-DPRK talks
New flights to become longest of North Korean airline's four routes to China
Other White House officials, however, offer different assessments of progress on denuclearization
Posters, postcards, and stamps carrying anti-American images removed from multiple shops
Third meeting this year also saw leaders share views on last week's DPRK-U.S. summit
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