During a bilateral meeting, South Korea's first vice foreign minister Choi Jong-kun and his U.S. counterpart Wendy Sherman discussed a series of bilateral and regional issues, including North Korea.
Seoul's foreign ministry says they agreed to continue close coordination on ways to resume talks with Pyeongyang, including the end-of-war declaration.
To talk about this more, we have Dr. Go Myong-hyun, our senior North Korea analyst live in the studio with us.
Dr. Go, welcome to the program.
Choi and Sherman agreed to continue talks on ways to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table but no further details were given.
We know it's a quarterly vice-ministerial meeting but what significance does it have at this moment?
Seoul and Washington have been working to provide the North with humanitarian aid and the South Korean government is pushing the end-of-war declaration as a means to resume talks with the regime.
And on Wednesday, Washington time, the vice foreign ministers of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will meet for talks.
What can we expect on the agenda, particularly on North Korea?
Yesterday, the U.S. and China held a virtual summit and the White House briefly mentioned the talks included North Korea, Afghanistan, and Iran.
And U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stressed the importance of U.S.-China coordination to address the North Korean nuclear issue.
What do you make of that?
Some say the U.S. and China may agree on the importance of diplomacy and dialogue in principle, but in detail, they apparently have different approaches on Pyeongyang particularly on North Korea sanctions.
What do you think?
Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un recently made his public appearance in about a month.
He was reportedly seen at a construction site in the northwestern city of Samjiyon apparently to encourage achievements for the five-year economic development plan.
Is North Korea focusing more on reinforcing internal achievement amid stalled talks with the U.S.?
Alright Dr. GO Myong-hyun, senior research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, thank you for joining us. We appreciate it.