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S. Korean, Russian FMs discuss N. Korea nuclear issues Updated: 2021-03-25 17:14:59 KST

South Korea's Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong expressed "deep concerns" about North Korea's latest missile launches at a joint press conference Thursday with his Russian counterpart.

"As agreed between the leaders of the two Koreas in September 2018, we urge the North to continue to join our efforts to make the Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons and nuclear threats."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for the resumption of negotiations with relevant countries as soon as possible to resolve regional issues, while urging what he called "all related countries" to stop the escalation of military activities of all kinds.
Chung added that Seoul and Moscow have agreed to continue to work together on the Korean peace process.
Also discussed was a future visit to South Korea by the Russian president.

"We have reaffirmed South Korea's invitation of President Vladimir Putin. We have decided to discuss the issue once the COVID-19 situation gets under control."

The two sides have agreed to further cooperate in nine key sectors, including energy, transport, shipbuilding and healthcare as part of South Korea's 'New Northern Policy.'
They plan to continue working together to sign a bilateral free trade agreement on services and investment.
Other areas for cooperation include the fight against the pandemic and the development and supply of vaccines.
Also, the two ministers signed a document aimed at boosting bilateral exchanges.

"Marking 30 years of Seoul-Moscow ties, the two sides expect to further increase exchanges in a range of sectors, including politics, the economy and culture.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News."
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