South Korea and U.S. Resume Human Rights Consultations on North Korea After Six Years

SEOUL, - South Korea and the United States have revived their bilateral forum on North Korea's human rights, holding a meeting in Brussels this week for the first time in six years. This development, announced by the South Korean foreign ministry on Thursday, marks the resumption of a critical dialogue on human rights issues in North Korea.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the two sides expressed concern over the severe human rights conditions in North Korea. They particularly focused on the regime's use of the pandemic to increase control over its population and the restriction of information flow into the country.

The meeting, held in Brussels on Wednesday (local time), was attended by Chun Young-hee, director general for the Korean Peninsula peace regime at the South Korean ministry, and Ambassador Julie Turner. The participants discussed bilateral and multilateral strategies to improve the human rights situation in North Korea.

The bilateral North Korean Human Rights Consultation was originally launched in 2016, with three meetings held that year and the following year. However, these talks were suspended under the previous liberal administration of President Moon Jae-in. The current conservative administration of President Yoon Suk Yeol, in office since May last year, has adopted a more proactive approach in addressing human rights issues in North Korea.

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