Washington (AFP) – The rapprochement between the two Koreas must not go faster than the denuclearization of the North, warned Tuesday the head of the American diplomacy Mike Pompeo.
US envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun on Tuesday met with South Korea's Special Representative for Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula Lee Do-hoon in Washington to "further strengthen our close coordination, "the State Secretary told reporters.
The two Allied countries have set up a working group to formalize this coordination, at a time when cooperation between Seoul and Pyongyang seems to be moving faster than the negotiations between Americans and North Koreans to achieve the nuclear disarmament of the regime recluse.
"We have made it clear to the Republic of Korea that we want to ensure that peace on the peninsula and the denuclearization of North Korea do not fall behind the strengthening of relations between the two Koreas," said Mike. Pompeo.
"We see this as a tandem, it has to move at the same pace, for us, these are two important and parallel processes, and this working group aims to keep it that way," he said.
Since the historic summit in June between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, negotiations on denuclearization are skating, with many appointments canceled, postponed or unsuccessful. A second summit is scheduled for early 2019, according to Washington.
But at this stage, there are few concrete measures taken by Pyongyang to abandon its atomic weapons.
At the same time, North and South are multiplying symbolic gestures and concrete decisions to set their reconciliation to music. Kim Jong Un is due to travel to Seoul for a historic trip to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in, although this appointment, first announced for this year, may be a bit late.