South Korea's new foreign minister on Saturday expressed willingness to hold discussions with its North counterpart on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila.
"If there is an occasion, we have to talk together," South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wa told reporters upon her arrival in Manila, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
According to AFP, the draft of the forum showed that participants would express their "great concern" about North Korea's missile tests.
Kang said the meeting with her North Korean counterpart would be an opportunity to "express to the North our desire to stop provocations and respond constructively to our recent offers" by engaging in dialogue.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ry Hongyu will attend the ASEAN annual forum, which brings together foreign ministers from 26 countries including the United States, Russia and China, as well as the European Union, to discuss security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Finished