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Biegun expresses US support for lasting peace on Korean Peninsula

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, right, listens to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun during an event for the W-GDP, Global Women's Development and Prosperity Initiative plan, at the State Department in Washington, DC on August 11, 2020. AFP
Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, right, listens to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun during an event for the W-GDP, Global Women's Development and Prosperity Initiative plan, at the State Department in Washington, DC on August 11, 2020. AFP

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun has expressed Washington's support for efforts to build peace on the Korean Peninsula at a regional security forum, his office said.

During the video-linked ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting on Saturday, Biegun, who also serves as the U.S. special representative for North Korea, "was joined by several foreign ministers in underscoring ... the U.S. support for a path to lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula," according to the State Department.

Also discussed at the meeting were tensions in the South China Sea and human rights issues in Hong Kong, the department said.

The virtual meeting brought together representatives from 26 countries, including the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the United States, North Korea, China and Japan, as well as the EU High Commissioner.

From South Korea, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha called for Asia-Pacific countries to send a "unified message" for the resumption of dialogue with North Korea.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon did not participate in the session, but An Kwang-il, a senior North Korean diplomat in Indonesia, attended. He did not make any direct response to Kang's call.

Inter-Korean dialogue has remained stalled amid a deadlock in nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, which has continued since their summit in Hanoi in February last year ended without a deal. (Yonhap)


Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, right, listens to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun during an event for the W-GDP, Global Women's Development and Prosperity Initiative plan, at the State Department in Washington, DC on August 11, 2020. AFP
Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, right, listens to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun during an event for the W-GDP, Global Women's Development and Prosperity Initiative plan, at the State Department in Washington, DC on August 11, 2020. AFP

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun has expressed Washington's support for efforts to build peace on the Korean Peninsula at a regional security forum, his office said.

During the video-linked ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting on Saturday, Biegun, who also serves as the U.S. special representative for North Korea, "was joined by several foreign ministers in underscoring ... the U.S. support for a path to lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula," according to the State Department.

Also discussed at the meeting were tensions in the South China Sea and human rights issues in Hong Kong, the department said.

The virtual meeting brought together representatives from 26 countries, including the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the United States, North Korea, China and Japan, as well as the EU High Commissioner.

From South Korea, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha called for Asia-Pacific countries to send a "unified message" for the resumption of dialogue with North Korea.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon did not participate in the session, but An Kwang-il, a senior North Korean diplomat in Indonesia, attended. He did not make any direct response to Kang's call.

Inter-Korean dialogue has remained stalled amid a deadlock in nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, which has continued since their summit in Hanoi in February last year ended without a deal. (Yonhap)




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