Thursday, February 13, 2014

S. Korean, Mongolian FMs agree on greater cooperation on N. Korean issues

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- The top diplomats of South Korea and Mongolia agreed Wednesday to broaden their cooperation in inducing change in North Korea, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

Mongolian Foreign Minister Luvsanvandan Bold also expressed his country's support for Seoul's push to build trustworthy ties with North Korea and to unify the two Koreas in his bilateral meeting with his counterpart Yun Byung-se in Seoul, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Their cooperation on North Korea will include sharing intelligence on the communist country, it also said.

Mongolia has achieved advances in democratization and the economy since its economic reform and transition to a market economy in the early 1990s and "Mongolia's efforts can hopefully set a good example to North Korea," Yun was quoted as saying in the talks.

Since establishing diplomatic ties with Seoul in 1990, the countries have steadily increased their exchanges in the fields of human resources, trade and national security, the ministry said, adding that the ministers agreed to further upgrade such cooperation.

The officials also agreed to expedite their efforts to establish channels of consultation for a closer relationship, it noted.

In the bilateral talks, the Mongolian minister issued an invitation to President Park Geun-hye to the central Asian country next year while Yun also expressed hope for Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj to visit South Korea.

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