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(LEAD) Seiler: N. Korea can't split S. Korea, U.S.

2013/08/02 05:37

(ATTN: UPDATES with remarks on Korea-Japan relations in last 6 paras)

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's traditional tactic of trying to drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States is failing as the allies stand firm in dealing with the communist nation, a senior White House official said Thursday.

Sydney Seiler, Korea policy chief at the National Security Council (NSC), said Pyongyang's nuclear tests have deepened the consensus between Seoul and Washington on the need for "denuclearization to be a central piece of all of our actions with Pyongyang."

   "North Korea's long-term objective of trying to establish communications with the U.S. and try to seal off South Korea, it's a traditional wedging strategy," he said at a White House meeting with a group of Korean-American community leaders.