Cheong Wa Dae Is Open To Communications With North Korea

Eric Chu, Dec. 14, 2017, 10:41 a.m.

Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday cautiously welcomed an offer from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of unconditional talks with North Korea. Presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun said South Korea is open to "various types of contact" with the North if they can help achieve a peaceful resolution to the nuclear standoff.

Park said Tillerson's proposal confirms U.S. government's position that North Korea must halt further provocations and return to the negotiating table. He added that South Korea and the U.S. have kept the door open for dialogue and have held detailed discussions on a variety of methods.

But when asked if the South Korean government was aware of talks between the U.S. and China about regime collapse in North Korea, a high-ranking Cheong Wa Dae official said merely, "The issue of sudden changes taking place in North Korea has been discussed since the previous administration."

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