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S. Korean, US officials to meet after Hanoi fiasco

IANS  |  Seoul 

South and the US will on Thursday hold a first meeting of a bilateral working group weeks after the failed summit between North Korean leader and US

According to news agency, Rhee Dong-yeol, who heads the South Korean Foreign Ministry's bureau of peace in the peninsula, on Wednesday left for to meet US for North

This will be the first meeting of the so-called working group which was set up by the US and South in November to give impetus to denuclearization talks with

The summit between Kim and Trump towards the end of February ended abruptly without a consensus or a joint declaration between the two countries on possible denuclearization and sanction wavering. had acted as an between and

said the two sides in their meeting on Thursday are expected to discuss ways to revitalize the denuclearization process after the failure. is also likely to seek waiver of sanctions for a planned video reunions of families separated by the Korean War (1950-53), the news agency said.

For these video reunions to happen, it will be necessary to transfer to some equipment that comes within the ambit of sanctions against

and the US are also expected to discuss two projects of economic cooperation between the two Koreas that and want to resume, but are again subject of UN sanctions imposed on for nuclear weapon tests.

However, the possibility of making advances in this regard remain slim following the failure to reach an agreement at the summit, the report said.

Although and Pyongyang give different versions of what transpired at the negotiating table at Hanoi, the disagreement between the two parties hovered around the number of North Korean nuclear assets that would be dismantled and the amount of international sanctions that would be lifted as a corresponding measure.

US John Bolton, who was with Trump in Hanoi, said that Washington had called for North Korea to do away with and biological weapons from its arsenal, besides dismantling its nuclear programme.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 14:36 IST
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