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Hungary's top diplomat vows support for sanctions against N.K.

2016/12/16 12:47

SEOUL, Dec. 16 (Yonhap) -- Hungary's top diplomat on Friday promised the country's support for international sanctions on North Korea and a close cooperation with Seoul in dealing with Pyongyang's nuclear threats.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto met his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se in Seoul to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual concerns.

"I want to emphasize the support the Hungarian government gives to the Republic of Korea when it comes to this Korean Peninsula and when it comes to strong sanctions against the North Korea," he said before they began talks.

"During the meeting, I'd like to put forward a proposal in order to strengthen the sanctions against your northern neighbor," he added.

The bilateral meeting came as South Korea tries to rally support from the international community in implementing a new set of sanctions adopted by the U.N. Security Council last month against the North in response to its September nuclear test. They focus was on choking off money flow into the North mainly by restricting its coal exports.

Foreign Minister Yun said that South Korea-Hungary relations have been diversified into "all areas" including regional and global issues, citing frequent meetings between their leaders and top diplomats over the past few years. He added that there is still "great potential" in the bilateral ties going forward.