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N. Korean, U.S. top diplomats meet at regional forum in Singapore

All Headlines 15:57 August 04, 2018

SINGAPORE, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho encountered his American counterpart Mike Pompeo in Singapore on Friday at the opening of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

They shook hands with each other and exchanged words, as Pompeo approached Ri first with a smile.

The annual ARF is the sole regional forum in which the North's top diplomat participates.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho (R) meets with his American counterpart Mike Pompeo at the opening of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Singapore on Aug. 4, 2018. (Yonhap)

It also brought together the foreign ministers of more than two dozen countries, mostly Asia-Pacific nations.

After a photo session, Sung Kim, the State Department's top Korea expert, delivered an envelope of documents to Ri.

Kim, currently the ambassador to the Philippines, is a member of the U.S. delegation to the ARF.

But chances seem low that Ri and Pompeo will sit down together for formal bilateral talks. The secretary is leaving Singapore later in the day.

Ri turned down South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha's offer of a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ARF.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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