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Two Koreas' delegations meet during Beijing forum

2017/05/14 15:47

SEOUL, May 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's delegation to an international economic forum in Beijing said Sunday it held a brief meeting with its North Korean counterpart and expressed concern over Pyongyang's latest missile provocation.

Rep. Park Byeong-seug of the ruling Democratic Party, who leads the delegation, said he had a short conversation with Kim Yong-jae, Pyongyang's minister of external economic relations, at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that runs in Beijing through Monday.

Earlier in the day, North Korea launched a ballistic missile from a site about 100 kilometers north of Pyongyang.

"We strongly condemned North Korea's launch of the missile," Park said.

The lawmaker said he had a conversation on various issues with his North Korean counterpart. He added that he got the impression that Pyongyang is looking forward to having a summit with Seoul, while not providing details.

colin@yna.co.kr

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