S. Korean, US Top Diplomats Discuss N. Korea

Write : 2016-07-26 09:04:44 Update : 2016-07-26 16:37:02

S. Korean, US Top Diplomats Discuss N. Korea

nchor: South Korea and the U.S. have reaffirmed their firm stance against North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions and agreed on the need to exert further pressure on the North in a unified voice along with the international community. The affirmations came as the top diplomats of Seoul and Washington held one-on-one talks on the sidelines of the ASEAN forum in Laos.
Our Kim Bum-soo has more.

Report: South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted their unwavering opposition to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. 

The two top diplomats on Monday held talks in Laos on the sidelines of a regional security forum led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN).

[Sound bite: Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (English)] 
"Now we are facing key challenges from North Korea... So I believe this is the right time for us to send out a very clear and strong message to North Korea that our alliance is stronger, deeper, and broader than ever. So we’ll work together at the meetings."

[Sound bite: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (English)]
"The Republic of Korea and the United States obviously have very, very key issues right now, particularly the challenge of the DPRK and its irresponsible nuclear activities and its weaponization and its challenges to the stability of the region." 

A South Korean foreign ministry official said that the two sides agreed on the need to share with the international community their clear and firm determination for a denuclearized North Korea. 

The one-on-one meeting came ahead of the ASEAN Regional Forum(ARF) on Tuesday, which will see the participation of all members to the stalled six-party denuclearization talks.

Speaking to reporters accompanying him to Vientiane, Yun hinted that the South Korean government is mustering all its diplomatic efforts in order to have the ASEAN Regional Forum produce a chairman’s statement expressing a strong resolution to pressure North Korea.

[Sound bite: Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (Korean)]
“What we expect to do is to deliver the grave message from the international community regarding North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats in a consistent and unified manner.”

Amid growing opposition from Beijing to the Seoul-Washington alliance’s decision to deploy THAAD interceptors on the Korean Peninsula, Yun also said that Seoul will continue to shed light on the need for the U.S. missile defense battery against North Korean threats. 
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

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