Kang visits Russia for summit preparations, cooperation on N.K. issue

SEOUL-- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha departed for Russia on Thursday for talks with her Russian counterpart to prepare for the upcoming summit between the two countries' leaders and discuss bilateral cooperation over North Korean issues.

Kang and Sergey Lavrov will meet Friday to discuss preparations for President Moon Jae-in's Russia visit from Sept. 6-7 and his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

They will also exchange views on finding a solution to North Korea's nuclear development and provocations, ministry officials said.

South Korea has espoused a diplomatic solution to the North Korean issues, stressing bigger roles by China and Russia which have close ties with the country. Kang is expected to make the point to Russia during the talks.

"The primary purpose of this visit is to prepare for the president's attendance at the Eastern Economic Forum Russia," She told the National Assembly's diplomatic affairs committee earlier in the day. Russia is to host the forum from Sept. 6-7.

"Russia's voice is gaining ground in the issues of North Korea and its nuclear and missile development ... We need to raise coordination and cooperation in those areas," she said. Kang will head home on Saturday after the three-day trip.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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