Foreign Ministers of Both Koreas Meet

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korean and South Korean foreign ministers have met for the first time in three years.

The South's Yonhap news agency says the South's Kim Sung-hwan and the North's Pak Ui Chun met briefly Saturday on side of the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali. Details of their talk have not been released.

Yonhap says the foreign ministers previously met at the ASEAN forum in Singapore three years ago.

On Friday, nuclear envoys for both countries met for the first time since six-party nuclear talks collapsed in December of 2008.

Seoul's chief nuclear negotiator Wi Sung-lac said his meeting with North Korea's nuclear envoy Ri Yong Ho on Friday in Bali was “very constructive”.

Yonhap quoted Ri Yong Ho as saying they had agreed to work together to resume the stalled talks.

North Korea's two nuclear tests in the past five years triggered international sanctions against Pyongyang.

South Korea, the U.S., Russia, China and Japan have been pushing for a resumption of the six-party talks. All six are attending the ASEAN conference.