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Tillerson to host N.K. meeting in Canada

2018/01/12 00:20

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Canada next week to co-host an international foreign ministerial meeting on addressing North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

The top U.S. diplomat will be in Vancouver Monday to Wednesday for the Vancouver Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, Heather Nauert said in a statement. It will be co-hosted by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

"The meeting will bring together nations from across the globe to demonstrate international solidarity against North Korea's dangerous and illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs," Nauert said. "Discussions will focus on advancing and strengthening diplomatic efforts toward a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean peninsula."

   South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is expected to be among the attendees. Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will participate in a welcome dinner Monday.

The gathering comes as tensions have sharply escalated over North Korea's provocations, which last year included its sixth nuclear test and three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The two Koreas held their first high-level talks in more than two years this week, leading some to expect an easing of tensions ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in the South next month.

hague@yna.co.kr

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