Seoul, June 5: South Korea and United States held talks to discuss the outbreak of African swine fever in North Korea and Seoul, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.
Rhee Dong-yeol, director-general of the Korean Peninsula Peace Regime Bureau, met Alex Wong, US deputy assistant secretary of state, over the issues at the foreign ministry in Seoul on Tuesday.
In the talks, Rhee reportedly briefed the US official on a proposal Seoul has made to Pyongyang of inter-Korean cooperation to prevent the virus. Rhee said Seoul is waiting for the North's response.
If the North accepts the offer, South Korea would need US approval on sanctions exemptions for the transport of equipment necessary to take preventive measures.Vice Unification Minister Suh Ho needs to consult with the US on its push for cross-border cooperation with the North against the swine fever. (UNI)