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S Korea, US discuss on developing ties with N Korea

ANI  |  Washington D.C [USA] 

and the on Thursday discussed on how to develop ties with North Korea, after the former agreed to hold talks in the first time in two years with its arch-rival South Korea, over North Korea's participation in the in Pyeongchang next month.

Lee Do-hoon, the for peace and security affairs, arrived in on Wednesday and Joseph Yun, the US for North policy, and Matthew Pottinger, the for Asian affairs on the National Security Council, to discuss on the outcome of the high-level talks between the two Koreas, the news agency reported.

Lee said, "I explained the of the South-North high-level talks to the US side, and they expressed their understanding and support. We have talked about ways to develop South-North and North-US ties, and based on our coordination with the US, we plan to move on to the next stage."

will hope that the talks with will provide a breakthrough for the US and to sort out their differences, especially North Korea's persistent nuclear missile tests their talks.

"The coordination between and the US becomes ever more important during serious times. Thankfully, our coordination has recently been ideally smooth", Lee said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in a re-conciliatory New Year message in a televised address to the nation, had also said that was willing to hold high-level talks with the South.

South Korean Moon Jae-in hoped that the bilateral talks between the two could pave way for the de-nuclearisation and peace across the and broader coordination between the US and South Korea.

Also, North Korea re-opened the suspended inter-Korean communication hotline with South Korea, after it was closed down in February 2016. Also, a military hotline between the two countries was opened.

A senior noted that the North Korean regime will have no choice but to hold talks with the US if it wanted to develop its stagnating economy.

"Unless it takes steps to resolve the mounting sanctions against it, it will be impossible to develop the economy," he said on the condition of anonymity.

The United Nations, and have recently welcomed the rare high-level talks between the two

Recently, the US expressed interest and willingness to hold talks with North Korea. The reply came days after North Korean leader warned the that "the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office".

Rising tensions between the US and North Korea, which conducted its largest nuclear test in September and fired off a powerful ICBM in late November, have raised concerns worldwide.

Trump has long been trading insults with Jong-un over this issue. While he referred to Jong-un as "rocket man", his rival had previously called him a "mentally deranged dotard".

The rare high-level talks come amid the increasing tension between the two countries as South Korea seized a Hong Kong-flagged tanker returning after allegedly transferring to North Korea a few days ago.

North Korea is also under tough international sanctions imposed by the UN over the launch of three intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and other nuclear tests conducted in the last year.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 13:15 IST