S. Korean foreign minister to attend U.N. peacekeeping forum in New York

SEOUL, South Korea's top diplomat plans to visit New York this week for a U.N. forum on peacekeeping operations, her ministry said Tuesday, as she's seeking to hold separate talks with her American counterpart on North Korea.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is scheduled to attend the Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference during her two-day trip there from Thursday, according to the ministry's spokesman, Kim In-Chul.

Kang plans to introduce South Korea's various contributions to the U.N.'s peacekeeping operations in the session to be joined by high-level delegations from more than 110 nations.

South Korea will host next year's meeting.

Kang will also meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

There's a possibility that she will then head to Washington D.C. for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who's not attending the U.N. forum.

The two sides are "in the final coordination stage" in connection with the Kang-Pompeo meeting with a plan to make an announcement at a mutually convenient time, the spokesman said at a press briefing.

If they meet this time, it would be their first face-to-face talks since the Hanoi summit between Pyongyang and Washington abruptly collapsed in late February.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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