|Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov (left) poses for photographs with the ROK's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk before their meeting in Seoul, South Korea on Aug 24, 2021. (Photo by=Kim Hong-hi / Pool Photo via AP)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] SEOUL: While departing the country to meet with his Russian counterpart, South Korea's chief nuclear envoy revealed on Wednesday that Russia has an "important" role to play to restart denuclearization talks with North Korea.
Special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, Noh Kyu-duk, made the statement at Incheon International Airport before leaving for Moscow to meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov on Thursday. "The peace process on the Korean Peninsula is currently at a stop," said Noh, when asked by reporters about the agenda of his meeting in Russia. "The dialogue process needs to restart quickly, and Russia's role is important." "Russia is a country that well understands North Korea's position," he said.
Noh added that among other issues to be discussed are the recent efforts made regarding North Korea, including the proposed end-of-war declaration, referring to South Korean President Moon Jae-in's proposal of declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War. Noh's meeting with Morgulov will be their first in-person meeting since the Russian official visited Seoul in August. At that time, the Russian official traveled here, along with the U.S. special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, for discussions on ways to bring Pyongyang back to the denuclearization talks.