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Top S. Korea, U.S. security advisers to meet over N. Korea Thursday

2018/03/09 00:26

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WASHINGTON, March 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's top national security adviser will meet with his U.S. counterpart Thursday to discuss his recent trip to North Korea, a White House official said.

Chung Eui-yong, head of the National Security Office, arrived in Washington Thursday morning to brief U.S. officials on his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un earlier this week.

Kim reportedly offered to discuss his country's nuclear weapons program with the U.S. and promised to stop all nuclear and ballistic missile testing while talks were under way.

"(U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster) and Ambassador Chung are meeting this afternoon," the National Security Council official told Yonhap on background.

"Afterwards, the Blue House delegation will brief senior officials from the United States government," he added, referring to South Korea's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae.

Chung is joined by Suh Hoon, chief of the National Intelligence Service and one of the five members of the presidential delegation to Pyongyang Monday and Tuesday.

Chung has said he will deliver a special message from Pyongyang to Washington.

The envoys are also expected to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and possibly U.S. President Donald Trump during their three-day stay.