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S. Korea, U.S. finance ministers hold telephone talks

All News 08:48 June 22, 2017

SEJONG, June 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top economic policymaker on Thursday held his first telephone conversation with his U.S. counterpart and discussed ways to expand bilateral economic and financial cooperation, the finance ministry said.

During the talks, Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin also touched on the close policy coordination that the two countries are engaged in regarding sanctions imposed on North Korea, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance said.

Washington and the international community have been moving to intensify sanctions against the reclusive country amid outrage over the death of an American student following his comatose release from the North.

The top economic officials will also join hands in dealing with the trade imbalance between the two countries, reaffirming that Seoul-Washington cooperation has been firmly based on the decadeslong partnership.

The finance ministers' phone talks took place just a week before the summit meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump.

South Korea's Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon holds telephone talks with his U.S. counterpart Steven Mnuchin in Seoul on June 22, 2017. (Courtesy of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance) (Yonhap)

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