S. Korea, U.S. chief negotiators on N. Korea to hold talks this week

The chief South Korean and U.S. negotiators on North Korea's nuclear program will hold talks in Seoul this week to discuss a range of issues pertaining to North Korea and its nuclear weapons, the foreign ministry here said Monday, source from Yonhap News.

The meeting set for Tuesday between South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Hong-kyun and U.S. counterpart Joseph Yun is the first talk between the top negotiators. Yun took office as the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy earlier this month.

It will be Yun's second visit to South Korea since the appointment after he recently accompanied U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken on an Asian trip last week.

Coordinating additional sanctions against North Korea and efforts to push for a fresh resolution at the United Nations Security Council will be the main agenda when the two officials meet on Tuesday.

Holding a joint meeting of their defense and foreign ministers earlier this month, the allies have cemented their determination to deploy the full range of U.S. extended deterrence, involving conventional and strategic military assets, in defending the peninsula from North Korea's military provocations.

In September, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test just eight months after its previous test in January. Pyongyang is prohibited from any activities involving nuclear or ballistic missile technology in a series of UNSC resolutions.

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