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While in Geneva, FM urges resumption of U.S.-North Korea talks

All News 23:37 February 24, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha called for quick resumption of the stalled U.S.-North Korean nuclear talks, at a United Nations conference on disarmament in Geneva, the foreign ministry said Monday.

In the U.N.-sponsored conference held on Feb. 24 (local time), Kang said, "It is critical to resume the nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang as early as possible so that all stakeholders keep and build on the hard-won momentum for dialogue."

The foreign minister said South Korea "stands ready to engage with the North" in a way that facilitates the U.S.-North Korea dialogue.

At a conference on disarmament held in Geneva last month, North Korea said it no longer felt bound by commitments to refrain from testing nuclear weapons and launching inter-continental ballistic missiles, as Washington ignored Pyongyang's year-end deadline for nuclear talks.

This photo taken on Feb. 24, 2020, and provided by the foreign ministry, shows South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) in talks with UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet at the United Nations' office in Geneva. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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