- REUTERS/Lee Jin Woo
- South Korea’s Ministry of Unification says talks with North Korea will become a regular thing.
- Seoul will also push North Korea to talk to the US about denuclearization.
South Korea’s Ministry of Unification has unveiled plans to make the recent talks with North Korea a regular thing, and it will look to eventually involve the US.
“We will regularize the high-level talks and discuss pending issues between the South and the North in a comprehensive manner,” a unification ministry document seen by NK News said.
Though the original pre-Olympic talks focused mainly on inter-Korean relations and preparations for the games, the ministry said it will try to push North Korea to the “negotiating table for denuclearization based on the South-North dialogue and international cooperation.”
Denuclearization, the sticking point that has kept the US and South Korea from seriously negotiating with Pyongyang, was brought up in the original talks, but North Korea expressed disdain at the mention.
Under Kim Jong Un, North Korea has written the possession of nuclear weapons into its constitution. The US maintains that the Korean Peninsula must become nuke-free, and has refused to negotiate on that point.
“We will concentrate our diplomatic capability on inducing the North and the US enter dialogue process together and endeavor to make a virtuous circle between North-South dialogue and talks between the North and the US,” South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told NK News.