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(LEAD) Moon requests Sherman's role in efforts for dialogue with N. Korea

15:55 July 22, 2021

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with meeting results; CHANGES headline; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, July 22 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in asked U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to play a proactive role for the resumption of talks between Washington and Pyongyang, as they met each other at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday.

Moon recalled his summit agreement with President Joe Biden in May to continue joint efforts for the shared goal of completely denuclearizing Korea and establishing permanent peace, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Park Kyung-mee.

Sherman expressed hope that North Korea will respond positively to the Biden administration's dialogue offer at an early date.

She was quoted as saying that she wants the United States and South Korea to maintain a closely coordinated campaign on the North Korea issue.

President Moon Jae-in (R) and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman pose for a commemorative photo during a meeting at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on July 22, 2021, in this photo provided by Moon's office. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The official added that she plans to have in-depth discussions on the matter during her upcoming visit to China.

Moon and Sherman also exchanged views on other regional and global issues, including climate change, in their 35-minute meeting.

Sherman mentioned a globally famous song by South Korean boy band BTS, titled "Permission to Dance," and quipped that the allies don't need "permission" from each other, as they have long worked together.

She then had a separate meeting with Suh Hoon, director of national security at Cheong Wa Dae.

Suh Hoon (R), director of national security at Cheong Wa Dae, holds talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman at the presidential office in Seoul on July 22, 2021, in this photo provided by the office. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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