Park, Kerry Meet at Cheong Wa Dae

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Seoul on Thursday, where he discussed with President Park Geun-hye the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the North Korean nuclear issue, and growing tensions with Japan.

It was Kerry's second visit to Seoul in about 10 months.

Kerry came here to "fine-tune" views with Korean officials prior to his trip to Beijing.

President Park Geun-hye shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday. /Newsis President Park Geun-hye shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday. /Newsis

Originally there seemed little to discuss as Kerry already met Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se in Washington on Jan. 7.

But as high-level inter-Korean talks were held Wednesday for the first time in seven years and U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Seoul in April was announced, the two sides did find something new to talk about.

The meeting with Park started at 5:30 p.m. and lasted about 100 minutes, much longer than the originally scheduled 45 minutes and delaying another meeting with Yun and a joint press conference.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 14, 2014 12:15 KST