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US, S Korea national security advisers to meet ahead of summits: Seoul

AFP  |  Seoul 

South Korea's has flown to to meet his newly appointed counterpart John Bolton, an 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 capital unannounced yesterday as the two allies plan their upcoming summits with North Korea's

Chung is due to meet Bolton on Thursday, the at the South's presidential told reporters.

He added the meeting was a courtesy call aimed at "coordinating opinions ahead of the inter-Korean and US-summits".

The rare inter-Korean summit is scheduled to take place in just over two weeks, while the second meeting between and Kim is expected as early as May.

The appointment this week of Bolton - a mustachioed former UN and strong defender of a US first strike option against - has raised concerns in over the prospects of the diplomatic thaw on the

Bolton's stance on diverges sharply from the more dovish South Korean government, which had pushed hard for an early meeting with him, the South's agency reported.

"Bolton does not even mention the possibility of a peace treaty with Pyongyang" which is sought by the South, said Koo Kab-woo, a at the in

"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 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 and the have agreed to set up a hotline in the build-up to the summits, reported.

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.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 10:35 IST