Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

S.Korea, U.S. agree to hold summit in late June

South Korea and the USA on Tuesday agreed to work towards the "complete" denuclearisation of North Korea, also vowing to seek new and practical ways to rid Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons, Seoul officials said.

The agreement for the leaders to meet in late June followed a meeting in Seoul between Chung Eui-yong, Moon's foreign policy adviser, and Matt Pottinger, the Asia director on Trump's National Security Council, Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan said.

President Moon Jae-in dropped by the meeting venue between Chung and Pottinger for several minutes during which he said his special envoy will be in Washington ((some time this week)) to follow up on his phone conversation with his US counterpart.

"During the meeting, the two sides, in principle, agreed to hold a South Korea-U.S. bilateral summit in late June in Washington D.C". South Korean media say the nation's new president will visit the White House late next month amid worries over North Korea's escalating progress in its nuclear and missile arsenal.

He also said both leaders believe dialogue is possible with North Korea under the right conditions and plan to seek bold and practical joint measures to make that happen.

During a courtesy call by the USA delegation, the new South Korean president said his upcoming meeting with the US president will show the strong alliance between their countries, according to Yoon.

The Blue House announced on Monday that Hong, former chairman of the JoongAng Ilbo and JTBC, would be dispatched as a special envoy to the Trump White House.

Pottinger, who also met with Moon, arrived in Seoul on Monday to arrange a summit between the two countries.

"The summit will be a chance to once again display, not only to the people of our two countries but to the entire world, the strength of the Korea-U.S. alliance", Moon was quoted as telling the visiting U.S. officials.

South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in sworn on May 10, 2017 as state of the head but little did he know that his limelight would be snatched away by one of his own bodyguards.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that Trump "looks forward to having a conversation with the new President and discussing the way forward", during the regular news briefing.

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