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S. Korea's top diplomat departs for NATO, discuss pressure on N. Korea

All Headlines 13:35 October 04, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) -- Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se left for Brussels on Tuesday to discuss cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on ways to step up pressure over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

During a two-day trip to the Belgium capital starting Wednesday, Yun is scheduled to hold talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on ways to increase collaboration between South Korea and the regional security alliance over dealings with North Korea's nuclear arsenal, according to the foreign ministry.

The NATO's top decision-making organ, North Atlantic Council, plans to hold an extraordinary session on the Korean Peninsula's security situation during Yun's visit, in which Seoul's top diplomat is to deliver a speech, the ministry also said.

"During the council session, Minister Yun will delve into the grave security conditions of the peninsula, including its mid- and long-range missile launches, and discuss cooperative measures aimed at North Korea's fundamental strategic calculation," according to the ministry.

Along with seven other countries like Japan, Iraq and Australia, South Korea has been working with the 28-member NATO as a partner nation since 2006.

Yun's latest trip will also include a minister-level international meeting on supporting war-torn Afghanistan, slated for Thursday in Brussels, the ministry also said.

pbr@yna.co.kr
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