US National Security Adviser Sullivan Meets With S.Korean Counterpart - Spokeswoman

© REUTERS / EVELYN HOCKSTEINNational Security adviser Jake Sullivan accompanies U.S. President Joe Biden as he visits the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in nearby McLean, Virginia outside Washington, U.S., July 27, 2021.
National Security adviser Jake Sullivan accompanies U.S. President Joe Biden as he visits the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in nearby McLean, Virginia outside Washington, U.S., July 27, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.10.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his South Korean counterpart Suh Hoon discussed regional security, the White House said in a statement.
"National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with the Republic of Korea (ROK) National Security Advisor Suh Hoon, and both emphasized the important role of the US-ROK alliance as the linchpin of peace, prosperity and security in northeast Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific," US National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said.
"Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Suh held detailed discussions on the current security situation in the region and called on the DPRK to enter into serious and sustained diplomacy towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Horne said.
Sullivan also said North Korea should refrain from escalatory actions.
"Mr. Sullivan stressed the need for the DPRK to refrain from escalatory actions and also reaffirmed U.S. support for inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation," Horne said.
"They acknowledged the important steps taken to broaden and expand the U.S.-ROK relationship following President Moon’s visit to Washington in May, and committed to deepening cooperation in critical areas such as advanced technology, secure and trustworthy 5G, resilient supply chains, and global health," according to the statement.
The latest remarks regarding the Korean Peninsula come shortly after North Korea restored its communications hotline with its southern neighbor, a move which followed a monthslong halt in talks between the two Koreas.
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