North Korean foreign minister expected at ASEAN meeting

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North Korea’s foreign minister Pak Ui-chun

North Korean foreign minister Pak Ui-chun is expected to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum in Brunei slated for July 2, Japan news agency Kyodo reported on June 25, citing “official sources.”

Pak is expected to stay in Brunei for four days to attend the multilateral security meeting by ASEAN foreign ministers, and possibly provide an opportunity to discuss security issues on the Korean Peninsula. According to a draft statement by the meeting’s chairman, the foreign ministers will express concern over recent tension on the peninsula.

Among other security issues on the agenda are territorial disputes in the South China Sea involving China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei. The ministers are also expected to discuss closer cooperation through information-sharing and capacity-building and tackling nontraditional security issues, including disasters, trafficking of illicit drugs and human trafficking.

Pak Ui Chun is a long-serving North Korean diplomat who has been serving as the country’s ambassador to Algeria, Syria and Lebanon. From 1989 to 2007, he was ambassador to Russia, before being appointed Foreign Affairs Minister upon the death in office of his predecessor Paek Nam-sun.

 

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North Korea’s foreign minister Pak Ui-chun

North Korean foreign minister Pak Ui-chun is expected to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum in Brunei slated for July 2, Japan news agency Kyodo reported on June 25, citing “official sources.”

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North Korea’s foreign minister Pak Ui-chun

North Korean foreign minister Pak Ui-chun is expected to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum in Brunei slated for July 2, Japan news agency Kyodo reported on June 25, citing “official sources.”

Pak is expected to stay in Brunei for four days to attend the multilateral security meeting by ASEAN foreign ministers, and possibly provide an opportunity to discuss security issues on the Korean Peninsula. According to a draft statement by the meeting’s chairman, the foreign ministers will express concern over recent tension on the peninsula.

Among other security issues on the agenda are territorial disputes in the South China Sea involving China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei. The ministers are also expected to discuss closer cooperation through information-sharing and capacity-building and tackling nontraditional security issues, including disasters, trafficking of illicit drugs and human trafficking.

Pak Ui Chun is a long-serving North Korean diplomat who has been serving as the country’s ambassador to Algeria, Syria and Lebanon. From 1989 to 2007, he was ambassador to Russia, before being appointed Foreign Affairs Minister upon the death in office of his predecessor Paek Nam-sun.

 

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