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Unification Spokesperson's Commentary


Unification Spokesperson's Commentary

January 1, 2020

o The ROK Government estimates that North Korea has not declared a halt to dialogue with the United States in its report of the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party today(1.1). The Government hopes the U.S.-DPRK talks be held at an early stage to bring substantial progress in accordance with the principle of simultaneous and parallel implementation of the U.S-DPRK joint statement at the Singapore Summit.

o The Government takes note of the North's claim that "the world would be witnessing a new strategic weapon soon," and expresses its position that the North acting as stated will not help efforts to progress denuclearization negotiations and settle peace on the Korean Peninsula.

o The Government will continue to make efforts to contribute to substantial progress in the denuclearization negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea, and improve inter-Korean relations, especially in implementing agreements to build military confidence between the two Koreas. In this regard, we confirm that the ROK and U.S. have in fact refrained from conducting large-scale joint military exercises while talks were held.

* Unofficial translation