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North Korean foreign minister in Moscow talks

MOSCOW: North Korea’s foreign minister held rare talks in Russia on Monday amid a flurry of diplomatic attempts to ease tensions following Pyongyang’s deadly attack on a South Korean island last month.
Pak Ui-Chun is on a visit to Russia until Wednesday and was in talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on a number of issues, a spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry said.
“The talks are ongoing,” the spokesman told AFP, saying it would be premature to comment further. “There are lots of issues there.” The meeting comes after the North’s November 23 shelling of a South Korean island which left four dead including two civilians, the first shelling of civilian areas in South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean war.
South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy is also expected to visit Russia for talks with his counterpart Alexei Borodavkin, Seoul’s foreign ministry said.
Wi Sung-Lac will discuss the shelling and the North’s disclosure last month of an apparently operational uranium enrichment plant. The North’s bombardment of the border island triggered a regional crisis and highlighted divisions between China, the North’s sole major ally and key food and fuel source, and the United States on ways to restrain the hardline regime. A member of the six-party forum on nuclear disarmament, Moscow condemned North Korea’s attack, calling for an end to any hostilities. But in contrast with the West, Russia has repeatedly said any opportunity to promote dialogue with Pyongyang should be used.

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