S. Korea's FM meets with U.S. deputy secretary of state

February 29, 2012 10:40 am 

SEOUL, Feb. 29 — South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan on Wednesday met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides for discussions on pending bilateral issues as the two nations are in the final stages of implementing their landmark free trade agreement (FTA).

Nides arrived in Seoul on Tuesday for a two-day visit and was scheduled to hold talks with First Vice Foreign Minister Ahn Ho-young later in the day before heading to Japan.

The FTA between South Korea and the U.S. is set to be in effect March 15, more than four years after it was signed in 2007.

The visit by Nides to Seoul, his first since taking office early last month, came amid U.S. pressure on South Korea and other allies, including Japan, to join its efforts to punish Iran for the Middle Eastern country's nuclear development program.

A South Korean government delegation also visited Washington last week for talks on how much South Korea will have to cut its oil imports from Iran, but Seoul officials said they have yet to reach a decision on the size of the cuts.(PNA/Yonhap)



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