UN Chief Welcomes Announcement To Resume DPRK-U.S. Working-level Dialogue

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), meet at the Freedom House, a South Korean building in the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, June 30, 2019. (Xinhua/NEWSIS)


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday welcomed the announcement that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States will resume working-level dialogue.

"The secretary-general welcomes the meetings in Panmunjom involving the leaders of the DPRK, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States, particularly the announcement that the DPRK and the United States will resume working-level dialogue," Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres, said in a statement.

"The secretary-general fully supports the continued efforts of the parties to establish new relations towards sustainable peace, security and complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly said on Sunday that teams from the United States and the DPRK would start meetings "over the next two or three weeks" for talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program, but said he was in no rush for a deal.

Negotiators will "start a process and we'll see what happens," Trump said after a historic meeting with the DPRK's leader Kim Jong Un in the demilitarized zone that divides the DPRK and the ROK.