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Vice FM Kim discusses Putin’s potential visit to N. Korea with Campbell

First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Hong-kyun spoke by phone with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell on Friday to discuss a potentially imminent visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to North Korea, Seoul’s foreign ministry said.

The phone talks came as Putin is widely expected to visit Pyongyang early next week for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, with South Korea’s presidential office having confirmed the trip is likely to take place in “a few days.”

In Friday’s phone talks, Campbell said the United States “fully supports” South Korea’s stance that Putin’s visit should not result in a “further deepening of military cooperation between Pyongyang and Moscow in a way that undermines regional peace and stability in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions,” according to the Seoul ministry.

The two sides agreed to continue “watertight” coordination and take “stern response measures” against the North’s provocations directed at the South and any acts that will escalate tensions i
n the region.

They also shared assessments on the completion of the joint guidelines on extended deterrence at their latest Nuclear Consultative Group meeting earlier this week.

The allies announced the guideline document on ways to respond in the event of a nuclear attack by the North. Extended deterrence refers to the U.S. commitment to using the full-range of its military capabilities, including nuclear, to defend an ally.

They agreed that the guidelines will “lay a solid foundation for strengthening the integrated extended deterrence” against North Korea’s evolving nuclear and missile threats, the ministry said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency