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Parliament speaker meets Rep. Rangel

2015/08/21 19:50

SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa met with a senior U.S. congressman on Friday in Seoul and discussed North Korea's firing of artillery shells across the inter-Korean border, a spokesman for the speaker said.

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), a Korean War veteran, is on a five-day visit to South Korea, four months after accompanying fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House minority leader, on her trip to the country.

On Thursday, the two Koreas engaged in a brief exchange of artillery shells over the western part of the heavily fortified border.

Rangel said that North Korea's provocations are a "threat not only to South Korea but also to the entire region," said Choi Hyung-doo, the speaker's chief spokesman.

Choi added that the congressman raised the need for North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong-un, to feel the pain of ordinary North Koreans.

Rangel, one of the longest-serving members of the House of Representatives, is known for his efforts to improve Seoul-Washington relations and promote peace on the peninsula.

Last month, he introduced a resolution calling for a formal end to the Korean War, which ended in a truce 62 years ago.

khj@yna.co.kr

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