21 June 2017

News Story: S. Korea, U.S. arranging telephone conversation between top diplomats

SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's new Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha plans to have a telephone conversation with U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson and express consolation over the death of an American student who was recently released from detention in North Korea, Seoul officials said Tuesday.

"Currently, South Korea is adjusting with the U.S. the schedule for a telephone conversation between Minister Kang and Secretary of State Tillerson," foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said in a press briefing.

The countries are also arranging Kang's trip to the U.S. following the planned phone talks, the spokesman said. It will be Kang's first personal contact with Tillerson since she took office on Monday.

During the call, Kang plans to extend "deep condolences and consolation" to the U.S. over the death of Otto Warmbier.

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