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Vice Foreign Minister Lim Meets with Permanent Under Secretary of UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1. On September 13, Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam met with Permanent Under Secretary Simon McDonald of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who was on a visit to the Republic of Korea. In the meeting, the two senior diplomats exchanged views on matters of mutual concern, including the current situation on the Korean Peninsula, the ROK-UK relations and major international issues.
2. The two sides, citing the bilateral summit talks on the occasion of the UN General Assembly session in September 2017, the fourth foreign ministerial strategic dialogue in London in July and the visit to the ROK by Permanent Under Secretary McDonald, took note of robust high-level exchanges between the two countries; and agreed to work more closely together on the bilateral, regional and global levels in an effort to deepen and advance the bilateral relations.
° In particular, the two sides drew a common understanding that it was important to continuously enhance friendly and cooperative ties between the two countries, including in the fields of economy and investment, even after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and agreed to work closely together to that end.
3. Vice Minister Lim shared with his UK counterpart the progress in the inter-Korean relations ahead of the third inter-Korean summit meeting set for the following week, as well as the ROK government’s efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula. On that note, he asked the UK, the UN Security Council’s permanent member state paying keen attention to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, to remain cooperative in that regard.
° Permanent Under Secretary McDonald stated that the UK supported the ROK government’s policy and efforts for progress in the inter-Korean relations as well as toward a complete denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula; would work closely with the ROK government in seeking meaningful progress toward the denuclearization; and would play a role and render support to the ROK in that regard as necessary.
* unofficial translation