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FM Kang seeks talks with Pompeo in Poland this week: ministry

Diplomacy 14:55 February 12, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is pushing for one-on-one talks with her American counterpart, Mike Pompeo, in Poland later this week, her ministry announced Tuesday, as Pyongyang and Washington plan for a second summit.

Kang is scheduled to visit Warsaw for a U.S.-sponsored ministerial meeting on peace and security in the Middle East on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Minister Kang is pushing for bilateral talks with (counterparts) from other participating countries, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo," the ministry's spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said at a press briefing.

A ministry official later said Kang's meeting with Pompeo is expected to be held Thursday.

Kang will then head to the German city of Munich to attend a security conference, the official added.

In Warsaw, Kang plans to join a panel meeting on humanitarian aid and refugees in the Middle East. She will use it to explain Seoul's efforts to contribute to regional peace and exchange views on related pending issues, according to Noh.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will hold another summit with President Donald Trump in Hanoi on Feb. 27-28.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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