S. Korea's top nuclear envoy says Russia showed support for end-of-war declaration
Updated: 2021-10-15 17:12:30 KST
At a meeting in Moscow between South Korea's chief nuclear envoy Noh Kyu-duk and his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov, the two envoys discussed ways to restart the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
Seoul's foreign ministry said Noh called for Russia's support, while emphasizing the need to stably manage the situation and the importance of resuming dialogue with the North.
Morgulov acknowledged South Korea's recent efforts to move forward with the peace process and reaffirmed Russia's commitment to play a constructive role.
Thursday's talks are their second face-to-face meeting this year, after Morgulov visited Seoul in August.
"Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, leads the six-party talks on North Korea and is an important partner for South Korea. So Russia's cooperation and support is crucial for denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula."
Noh told reporters in Moscow that Morgulov said the Russian government (quote) "highly valued" the end-of-war proposal as a step to build trust with the North, showing support for a formal end to the Korean War.
This proposal was first suggested by South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his speech at the UN General Assembly.
Seoul's foreign ministry said on Friday that Noh will visit Washington DC for four days from Saturday for talks on North Korea with his counterparts from the U.S. and Japan.
The three envoys will discuss ways to improve trilateral cooperation to achieve complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
They last met on September 14th in Tokyo.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.