South Korea's national security adviser has flown to Washington to meet his newly appointed US counterpart John Bolton, an official said today in Seoul, where concerns are growing over the American's hardline stance on the nuclear-armed North.
Chung Eui-yong, who personally delivered Kim's summit offer to Trump last month, returned to the US capital unannounced yesterday as the two allies plan their upcoming summits with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
He added the meeting was a courtesy call aimed at "coordinating opinions ahead of the inter-Korean and US-North Korea summits".
The appointment this week of Bolton - a mustachioed former UN ambassador and strong defender of a US first strike option against North Korea - has raised concerns in Seoul over the prospects of the diplomatic thaw on the Korean peninsula.
"If Bolton intervenes in the current diplomatic process (with North Korea), the need for coordination becomes much bigger," Koo added.
In a growing rapprochement on the Korean peninsula kick-started by the South's Winter Olympics, Kim is set to meet the South's Moon Jae-in on April 27. Trump has agreed to meet Kim to discuss denuclearisation as soon as next month, though no venue or specific date is agreed.
The South's presidential office is also set to launch a new situation room to monitor the preparations for its upcoming summit on a daily basis, it said today.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)