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S. Korean, U.S. diplomats stress 'unified' response over Ukraine crisis in phone talks

All News 14:00 February 25, 2022

SEOUL, Feb. 25 (Yonhap) -- Senior diplomats of South Korea and the United States highlighted their shared will for a "unified" response over Russia's invasion of Ukraine during their phone talks Friday, the foreign ministry here said.

First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun and his U.S. counterpart, Wendy Sherman, condemned Russia's attack on Ukraine and reaffirmed their "unwavering support" for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the ministry said in a press release.

Choi said that Seoul, as a responsible member of the international community, will join economic sanctions against Russia and other efforts for a peaceful resolution of the Ukraine crisis, the ministry said.

In a separate release, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that Sherman stressed Russia's "premeditated war" is "a needless act of aggression" against Ukraine and reiterated the importance of responding in "a united and decisive way" to hold the Kremlin accountable for its actions.

On Thursday, Washington announced sweeping export restrictions against Moscow, which could affect South Korea's exports of high-tech items, such as semiconductor and electronic parts, to Russia.

First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun (L) and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman pose for a photo after their meeting in Washington on Nov. 18, 2021, in this photo provided by the foreign ministry. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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