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US and South Korea Talk North Korea

The New York Times

South Korea and the United States have agreed to use all means, “including sanctions and dialogue,” to try to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, the South’s presidential office said on Tuesday after a meeting with an aide to President Trump.

The aide, Matthew Pottinger, the Asia director on the National Security Council, met with Chung Eui-yong, an adviser to the new South Korean president, and other foreign policy aides in Seoul, the capital.

In their meeting at the Blue House, the presidential palace, the two sides followed up on a recent telephone conversation between President Moon Jae-in and Mr. Trump, who agreed to hold a summit meeting in Washington soon.

On Tuesday, Mr. Pottinger and Mr. Chung agreed to work toward a summit meeting in late June, said Mr. Moon’s spokesman, Yoon Young-chan.

The two countries also confirmed that Mr. Moon and Mr. Trump shared four broad principles in dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis, Mr. Yoon said.

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