National Security Director Chung Eui-yong (right) on July 24 shakes hand with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton (left) at Cheong Wa Dae. (Cheong Wa Dae)

National Security Director Chung Eui-yong (right) on July 24 shakes hand with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton (left) at Cheong Wa Dae. (Cheong Wa Dae)

By Yoon Sojung and Kim Hwaya 

National Security Director Chung Eui-yong and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton on July 24 discussed bilateral cooperation and issues concerning the Korean Peninsula at Cheong Wa Dae.

Cheong Wa Dae Spokesperson Ko Min-jung said in a statement that Chung explained the intrusion into Korea’s air defense identification zone (KADIZ) by Russian and Chinese combat planes.

Bolton responded by saying Seoul and Washington should closely cooperate if a similar situation recurs.

Both officials reaffirmed that working-level talks between North Korea and the U.S., something the two sides had agreed to on June 30, should be resumed as soon as possible to achieve real progress in talks on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Chung and Bolton also agreed on joining global efforts for the safe navigation of commercial shipments, especially discussions to ensure free navigation and maritime safety in the Strait of Hormuz.

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