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ASEAN 35 Summit: High-level Korean-American diplomatic official holds talks

South Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Yoon Soon-gu on November 2 met with Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific David Stilwell on the sidelines of the Association of Nations Association Summit 35th Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held in Bangkok, Thailand ..

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific David Stilwell (middle). Photo: AFP / TTXVN

At the talks, the two sides reaffirmed a strong alliance between the United States and South Korea, and agreed to maintain close coordination to ensure the final, comprehensive and verified denuclearization of North Korea. The two officials also pledged to cooperate throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy and South Korea's New South Policy based on shared values ​​and commitments to principles or openness and integrity. to the interests of all parties, transparency, respect for international law and ASEAN centrality.

Referring to the current dispute between Seoul and Tokyo regarding historical and commercial issues, Deputy Minister Yoon Soon-gu has called on Washington to play a possible role to ease tensions and the two sides agreed operative in this direction.

The issue of forced labor during the period of Japanese colonization of Korea from 1910 to the end of World War II caused a conflict in the relationship between Korea and Japan. Tensions were pushed higher after Tokyo restricted exports to Seoul 3 high-tech materials used in the manufacture of electronic chips and screens – spearhead fields of Korea, and the removal of Korea from "List. White List "includes countries entitled to preferential trade regimes. In response, South Korea announced its decision not to extend the General Military Information Guarantee Agreement (GSOMIA) with Japan which is due to expire on November 22.

As planned, Mr. Stilwell will come to Korea this week as part of his Asia tour. Mr. Stilwell is expected to discuss with South Korean officials on a range of issues such as Washington's efforts to ease tensions between Seoul and Tokyo as well as ongoing negotiations between Seoul and Washington on sharing. US garrison expenses in South Korea.

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