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S. Korean, U.S. FMs to hold their first phone conversation

All Headlines 17:21 February 05, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson will hold their first telephone conversation this week, a South Korean foreign ministry official said Sunday.

"We're currently fine-tuning the timing for a phone conversation between South Korean and U.S. foreign ministers on Tuesday (Korean time)," the official said, requesting not to be named.

The conversation, if made, would mark the first formal contact between foreign ministers of the two allies since Tillerson took office. The former Exxon Mobil chief executive was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State promptly after the U.S. Senate approved his confirmation motion on Wednesday.

sshim@yna.co.kr
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