South Korea, US reaffirm cooperation on peace, disarmament

Seoul, Jan 23 (efe-epa).- The national security advisers of South Korea and the United States on Saturday agreed on the need to initiate high-level contacts soon to discuss peace and disarmament of the Korean peninsula.

The two sides reaffirmed their commitments to closer cooperation during a telephonic conversation between national security advisers Jake Sullivan of the US and Suh Hoon of South Korea.

It was the first contact between the top security officials of the two countries after Joe Biden took over as the new president of the US.

“Sullivan stressed that the Biden administration’s commitment to further strengthening the alliance (between the two countries),” a White House statement said.

The two officials also discussed the importance of close coordination on North Korea, other regional and global challenges, including Covid-19 and combating climate change.

Yonhap news agency, citing Blue House spokesperson Kang Min-seok, said Sullivan, during the conversation, pointed out that the alliance was a “linchpin” of Indo-Pacific peace and security.

“The officials also agreed that Seoul and Washington will make joint efforts to attain the goal of denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

They shared the view that President Moon Jae-in and Biden need to start “communication” at an early date, it said. EFE-EPA


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