S Korean FM meets Russian top nuke envoy on DPRK's denuclearization

21:27, October 12, 2010      

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South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan on Tuesday met with visiting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin to discuss issues related to the denuclearization process of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well as bilateral relations.

During the meeting, Kim reportedly told Borodavkin, who is also Russia's chief envoy to the six-party talks on ending DPRK's nuclear programs, that Seoul will seek to improve relations with the North if Pyongyang shows through actions its commitment to achieve the denuclearization.

In response, Borodavkin said his country also pays great attention to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as it has strong interests in peace and security in the entire region of Northeast Asia.

He noted that members of six-party talks should work together to reach a common view on the denuclearization issues.

The two also discussed preparations for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Seoul in November for the G20 summit.

Borodavkin said that his country expects more discussions between the two nations on economic development.

The Russian envoy late Tuesday also met with Seoul's Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Jae-shin for an annual two-way policy meeting. During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to develop a strategic partnership between the two nations, which this year mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Borodavkin, who arrived here on Monday for a three-day visit, met with his South Korean counterpart, Seoul's top representative for the six-party nuclear talks, Wi Sung-lac late Monday.

The two officials mainly discussed ways to resume the long- stalled multi-nation nuclear disarmament talks, and exchanged views on the DPRK's reported power transition process and ways to promote the peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.

Source: Xinhua


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