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Thursday, 20 January 2022 10:38 GMT

Two US Officials to Visit Seoul for Talks on N. Korea, Security Issues

(MENAFN- QNA) Senior US government officials handling Korean affairs were to arrive in Seoul Sunday to discuss ways to beef up the alliance between the two countries and other pending issues such as North Korea, Seoul officials said.

Assistant Deputy Secretary of State Daniel Russel and Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense David Shear were set to fly into Seoul late Sunday for a three-day visit before heading to Japan, officials said.

The two US officials are expected to meet with South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Lee Kyung-soo and other Korean officials, according to Seoul's foreign ministry.

The planned trip comes after a North Korean military-party delegation met South Korean high-ranking officials on Saturday on a rare one-day visit to the South, the official Yonhap news agency said.

Seoul officials said that they and US officials are likely to exchange views about the outcome of the recent talks with the North's delegation and their North Korean policy.

During the visit to Seoul, the US officials are expected to brief their South Korean counterparts on their ongoing discussions to revise defense cooperation guidelines with Tokyo in line with Japan's move to increase the role of its military, Seoul officials added.

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