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Special session on Korea issues planned during Munich security gathering

All News 14:56 February 09, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- A special session dedicated to Korea-related issues will be held during an international security forum set for mid-February in Germany, providing a chance for participants to focus on discussing North Korea's nuclear threat, a diplomatic source said Thursday.

The Munich Security Conference will kick off on Feb. 17 for a three-day run, bringing together top diplomats and policymakers from major powers, including the United States, China, Japan and Russia, which are involved in making the North give up its nuclear ambitions. South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will also join the meeting.

"For the first time in the history of the Munich Security Conference, there will be a Korean Peninsula session, which will be held on Feb. 17," the source told Yonhap News Agency. "Foreign Minister Yun is to deliver a keynote speech at the session."

In his speech, Yun is expected to underline the need for a continued pressure and sanctions-oriented approach in dealing with the North, while calling for a unified global front against its threat.

The gathering will be preceded by foreign ministers' talks among the group of 20 countries in Bonn in the same week. The back-to-back events are drawing keen attention as they will provide a chance for participants to exchange views on major regional and global security issues.

On the sidelines, Yun and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were said to have agreed "in principle" to hold their first bilateral talks since Washington's top diplomat was sworn in earlier this month. Their meeting is expected to provide a glimpse into where the new Donald Trump administration's North Korea policy will be headed down the road.

In a telephone conversation Tuesday, the two affirmed their countries' commitment to toughen the bilateral alliance under the Trump administration.


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