Park and Blinken discuss North Korea and the upcoming summit in early phone conversations l KBS WORLD

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Senior diplomats from South Korea and the United States spoke via video link and discussed issues on the Korean Peninsula and preparations for a presidential summit.

According to the Seoul Foreign Ministry, in their first talks since Foreign Minister Park Jin took office, Park and Secretary of State Antony Blinken also condemned the recent barrage of ballistic missile fire from the North Korea and agreed to strengthen coordination to deal firmly with threats from Pyongyang.

Both sides reaffirmed their current position of openness to dialogue and concerted efforts to resume “principled and coherent” negotiations on denuclearization.

Park and Blinken also expressed concern over the reported COVID-19 outbreak in North Korea and agreed to continue consultations with the international community on providing humanitarian assistance to the reclusive country.

The State Department said in a press release that the secretary emphasized mutual unwavering commitment to the defense of South Korea and the allies’ common goal of complete denuclearization of the peninsula as well as the importance of trilateral cooperation with Japan to support peace and security. in the Indo-Pacific.

The senior diplomats also discussed preparations for the upcoming summit between Presidents Yoon Suk Yeol and Joe Biden, scheduled in Seoul on May 21.

Blinken also invited Park to travel to the United States as soon as possible for in-depth talks on issues of common interest.

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