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Seoul's diplomats meet with their counterparts to discuss N. Korean and bilateral issues Updated: 2019-06-17 16:23:08 KST

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is home from Northern Europe, but his foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha is still on the diplomatic trail.

She landed in Moscow on Sunday for a sitdown with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
Monday afternoon, local time, the two will have a luncheon followed by a discussion over an hour long about ways to further develop Seoul-Moscow ties as they look forward to next year's 30th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

It's understood that the two will also exchange views on issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula, so developments between North Korea and Russia on the economic and cultural fronts could also top the agenda.
Pyeongyang and Moscow had agreed to boost cooperation in those areas during their exchanges earlier this year.

Now this comes after Minister Kang spoke on the phone with her U.S. counterpart, Mike Pompeo.
The foreign ministry says Kang and Pompeo spoke Sunday for 15 minutes.
They're said to have exchanged details about President Trump's visit to Seoul at the end of the month, which both see as an opportunity to move closer to denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula.
They also reportedly promised to work closely together on various global issues, including the recent attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Discussions of North Korea's denuclearization, meanwhile, continue between their nuclear envoys.
Seoul's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon will be meeting on Wednesday with Washington's special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, when they both give keynote remarks at a conference in Washington.

President Moon has emphasized the need for working-level talks to solve the denuclearization issue, so more active diplomacy on the part of South Korea's diplomats is expected.
Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.
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