S Korea asks senior US envoy to try to revive N Korea talks
South Korea on Thursday asked a visiting senior U.S. envoy to try to revive stalled nuclear diplomacy with North Korea, which has refused to resume talks because of what it calls hostile U.S. policies.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, the top U.S. official on North Korea, has been in Seoul for talks since Tuesday. He was to travel on to Japan later Thursday.
The presidential Blue House said in a statement, during a meeting with South Korea's newly appointed presidential national security adviser, Suh Hoon, Biegun stressed the important of a resumption of talks between Washington and Pyongyang and agreed to maintain close coordination with Seoul.
The statement said, Suh appraised Biegun's efforts to restart the U.S.-North Korean diplomacy and asked him to continue those efforts.