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Pres. Official: Inter-Korean Cooperation to be within Framework of Denuclearization

Write: 2020-01-18 14:12:10Update: 2020-01-18 14:16:53

Pres. Official: Inter-Korean Cooperation to be within Framework of Denuclearization

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South Korea's presidential office has reassured that there is no rift in Seoul-Washington coordination. 

This comes after the top office criticized remarks by U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris, who expressed concern over inter-Korean cooperation plans pursued by Seoul.

A senior presidential official brushed off concerns of differing views between the allies, saying that inter-Korean cooperation will take the direction of facilitating denuclearization talks between North Korea and the U.S. and will not be pushed in a way that undermines the bargaining power of either side.

The official added the idea of individual tourism to North Korea mentioned by President Moon Jae-in will eventually be within the framework of denuclearization.

A U.S. State Department official has also said that the U.S. supports inter-Korean cooperation and coordinates with its ally South Korea to ensure inter-Korean cooperation proceeds in lockstep with progress on denuclearization. 

A presidential official in Seoul said South Korea shares the same stance.

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