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FM Yun, Tillerson to hold talks on N. Korea on sidelines of G20 meeting Updated: 2017-02-16 18:24:38 KST


The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States will meet in Germany on Thursday for the first time since President Trump took office.
Seoul's foreign ministry said the talks will be held on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Bonn.


"Minister Yun and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will hold the first bilateral foreign ministers' meeting since the new U.S. administration took office. They will discuss response measures against North Korea's recent ballistic missile provocations and ways to boost the Seoul-Washington alliance."

Since it's the first time for Yun and Tillerson to meet face-to-face, it's expected that the Trump administration will lay out its specific North Korea policies.
Later Thursday, Minister Yun and Secretary Tillerson will be joined by their Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida for a trilateral meeting.
Following those talks, the three sides will reportedly release a joint statement.
They will share information on North Korea's latest movements, including the regime's recent launch of a new type of intermediate-range ballistic missile and the apparent murder of Kim Jong-un's half-brother.
Attention is also on how the three plan to encourage China, North Korea's closest ally, to pressure the regime.
They could also touch upon U.S. efforts to sanction countries that trade with the North.

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"Seoul's foreign ministry says it is also in the process of ironing out the dates for separate bilateral talks with China and Japan. Two of the issues expected to be on the agenda are China's apparent retaliation against the THAAD deployment to the Korean peninsula and a recently installed statue in Busan that commemorates the victims of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement during World War Two.
Connie Kim, Arirang News."
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