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Two Koreas' top diplomats meet in Singapore

All News 23:21 August 03, 2018

SINGAPORE, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- The foreign ministers of South and North Korea encountered each other on Friday at a gala dinner for an ASEAN-hosted forum in Singapore.

The South's Foreign Minister, Kang Kyung-wha, shook hands with her counterpart Ri Yong-ho, according to a photo provided by Kang's ministry.

"They exchanged quite candid opinions on various situations in the wake of South-North and North-U.S. summits," a ministry official told reporters.

Ri declined to hold formal bilateral talks with Kang on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum, he added.

Ri was quoted as saying that it's not the right time for such talks.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) meets with her North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho during the ASEAN Regional Forum gala dinner in Singapore on Aug. 3, 2018 in this photo released by Kang's ministry. (Yonhap)


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