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Seoul, Washington hold talks on cooperation with North Korea

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South Korea will hold talks with the United States on North Korea policy, specifically cross-border issues and reunions of war-separated families, official sources reported on Wednesday.

According to a spokesman from the South Korean Unification Ministry, the working group between the two countries will monitor on Thursday by video conference the issues addressed during last month's meeting in Seoul.

According to the spokesman, the meeting includes issues such as South Korea's supply of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to North Korea, as well as video conference meetings between families separated by the Korean War (1950-53).

Working consultation among allies takes place amid speculation about a second meeting between Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

U.S. media reported that Kim Yong-chol, a senior DPRK official in charge of negotiations with the United States, will arrive in Washington on Thursday for a two-day visit.

The envoy visited the U.S. capital at the end of May last year, a few weeks before the first historic Kim-Trump summit in Singapore on June 12.

In this regard, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha declared that the holding of a second Pyongyang-Washington summit and Kim's possible visit to Seoul would be a major boost to denuclearization and peace on the peninsula.

A second face-to-face meeting between the DPRK leader and the U.S. president would help accelerate joint projects between the North and the South, the minister assured.

South Korea and the United States established the working group last November amid US concerns about a possible mismatch between the progress of denuclearization talks and inter-Korean cooperation.

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