Noh Kyu-duk's four-day trip to Washington comes after his U.S. counterpart, Sung Kim, visited Seoul last week. The two discussed humanitarian aid to the North amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang's protest against military exercises between the South and the U.S.
During his trip, Noh plans to meet officials from the State Department, the White House National Security Council, and others to follow up on discussions he had with Kim in Seoul, according to the ministry.
The North did not take any military action against the South during the summertime joint exercise but remained unresponsive to the inter-Korean hotline calls via the liaison office and military channels.
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