May 31, 2013 11:21
There is a good chance that the foreign ministers of North and South Korea will meet on the sidelines of the Asian Regional Forum in Brunei in July.
The Foreign Ministry on Thursday said Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will attend the ARF in Brunei's capital of Bandar Seri Begawan on July 2. North Korea, which became an official member of the ARF in 2000, is expected to send Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun.
"Yun is not going to avoid meeting Pak," a Foreign Ministry official said. It would mark the first meeting between the foreign ministers of the two Koreas since the inauguration of President Park Geun-hye.
In 2011, North and South Korea managed to ease tensions when their foreign ministers met at the ARF in Bali, Indonesia. Wi Sung-lac, South Korea’s representative to the six-party talks at the time, also met with the North's Vice Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of that forum.
"With the appointment of Cho Tae-yong as the new chief negotiator for the six-party talks, the [South Korean] Foreign Ministry strongly believes in the need to resolve tensions through diplomacy," a diplomatic source in Seoul said.
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