SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top diplomat has emphasized the importance of alliance with the United States in dealing with the evolving threat from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and called for full support from the U.S. parliament, the foreign ministry here said Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha held discussions with bipartisan groups of lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives in back-to-back meetings in Washington on Tuesday, according to the ministry.
Kang had talks separately with a group of congresswomen, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and lawmakers of the foreign affairs committee of the Representatives of House. She also met with Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate armed services committee, the ministry said.
During the meetings, Kang explained in detail about the Seoul government's approach to the North and underlined the importance of South Korea-U.S. alliance in easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, according to the ministry.
Kang asked for their full support for efforts to intensify sanctions and pressure on the North in order to use it a "diplomatic means" to bring the North to the negotiating table, the ministry said.
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