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S Korean Foreign Minister Heads to Russia to Discuss N Korean Nuclear Issue

© AFP 2021 / FAROUK BATICHE South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se (File)
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se (File) - Sputnik International
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South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se left for Moscow on Sunday for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on North Korea's nuclear weapons program and other issues, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Objects believed to be debris from a North Korean rocket are displayed on a South Korean navy ship at the Second Fleet Command of Navy in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on February 11, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The meeting, which is due to be held on Monday, will be part of Yun's first official visit to Russia since he took office in 2013 and the first such visit by a South Korean foreign minister in five years. The minister will also attend a Korea-Russia conference on politics and economics and visit a Hyundai Motor Company automobile plant in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, Yonhap reported.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the two top diplomats are also expected to discuss the bilateral cooperation agenda and to sign a plan for 2016-2017 on mutual exchange between the foreign ministries.

Earlier this week, Yun said that Russia was an important partner for Seoul regarding the denuclearization of North Korea and the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula.

Russia and North Korea are members of the Six-Party Talks format, which was launched in 2003 as a measure to end North Korea's nuclear weapons program through negotiations involving China, the United States, North Korea and Japan. In 2005, the parties agreed to the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and that North Korea must abandon all its nuclear programs and relinquish its nuclear weapons.

In 2005, North Korea declared itself a nuclear power, and conducted several nuclear weapon tests, sparking concerns in the international community. Almost four years later, Pyongyang tested additional nuclear weapons and, without warning, walked out of the Six-Party Talks. North Korea's actions have led some to speculate that the country isn't only concerned with defending its borders.

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