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Kang, Pompeo reaffirm efforts to ensure peace on Korean Peninsula

All News 07:48 November 10, 2020

By Byun Duk-kun

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring peace on the Korean Peninsula, both sides said, as they held talks two days after Joe Biden was elected the next U.S. president.

"During the meeting, Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang discussed bilateral and regional priorities, including coordination on ensuring peace on the Korean Peninsula and expanding cooperation through the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy and the ROK New Southern Policy," Cale Brown, principal deputy spokesperson of the U.S. State Department, said in a press release.

"The Secretary and the Foreign Minister reinforced our joint commitment to defending the rules based international order, as well as ensuring the Alliance is prepared to face the emerging challenges of the 21st Century," the press release added.

In the photo provided by South Korea's foreign ministry, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shake hands during a meeting in Washington on Nov. 9, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Kang arrived here Sunday on a four-day visit that is also expected to include meetings with foreign policy advisers of Biden.

South Korea's foreign ministry said Kang and Pompeo also agreed on the need to continue their efforts to move forward the Korean Peninsula peace efforts.

"The two ministers agreed on the need to continue their efforts to develop the South Korea-U.S. relations based on their strong alliance and to move forward the Korean Peninsula peace process, also agreeing to continue dialogue and consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries at various levels," it said in a press release.

The two also evaluated the continuation of personnel exchange between the two countries despite the COVID-19 pandemic, noting their borders continue to remain open to each other with no major restrictions, according to the South Korean foreign ministry.

Kang and Pompeo also exchanged their views on the ongoing election for the new head of the World Trade Organization, in which South Korea's Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee has made the shortlist of two finalists, but she is said to be behind her Nigerian rival, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The U.S. has publicly expressed its support for the South Korean candidate.

Seoul said Kang and Pompeo agreed to continue their discussions on the issue in the future.

Kang is expected to meet with officials from U.S. Congress and academia before heading home Wednesday.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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