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S Korea, US hold talks on N Korea's denuclearisation progress

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Officials from South and the met here on Thursday and discussed ways to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, amid a layer of sanctions imposed on the communist country.

The US-South working group met for the first time after the last month's meeting between US and North Korean leader in Hanoi, Vietnam, which ended in a stalemate with no agreement reached.

The two sides "shared updates on efforts to achieve our shared goal of final, fully verified denuclearization, including through the implementation of Security Council resolutions," quoted as saying.

They also "reaffirmed their commitment to continue regularly hosting these consultations and co0rdinations as alliance partners," he added.

Rhee Dong-yeol, who heads the South Korean Foreign Ministry's bureau of peace in the peninsula, led the delegation, while Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary of state for North Korea, led the US side.

In New York, US for North met with members to discuss the summit and North Korea's sanctions, Palladino said.

The working group meeting by the US and comes amid several reports surfaced by South Korea's spy agency and two American think tanks speculating that restoration work is underway at the in Dongchang-ri in

The speculations about the North Korea's possible preparation to launch a missile or a have also been reported by the US media wherein they stated that there has been an increase in the activity at the missile assembly facility in Sanum-dong.

Ties between the US and hit a roadblock over the ease of sanctions, where sought relief in economic sanctions as recognition of the steps taken towards denuclearisation.

has, until now, reinforced that relief in sanctions would only be given after the communist country carries out "complete and verifiable" denuclearisation.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 07:13 IST