(MENAFN- Qatar News Agency) Naypyitaw-Myanmar August 10 (QNA) - Foreign Ministers of South Korea and the United States agreed to continue to closely cooperate to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons program during their one-on-one meeting in Myanmar Saturday Seoul officials said. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry were in Myanmar for an annual security forum hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) dubbed the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). They met on its sidelines reported South Korean news agency (Yonhap). The meeting came amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula over the North's firing of a series of short-range missiles and rockets in recent weeks and even threatened a fourth nuclear test. The six-party talks aimed at curbing the North's nuke ambitions have been dormant since late 2008 when Pyongyang walked out of the negotiation table. The talks involve the two Koreas the United States China Russia and Japan. North Korea has called for an "unconditional" resumption of the six-party talks but Seoul and Washington insist that Pyongyang should first take concrete steps toward denuclearization. The US State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said in Washington earlier this week that Kerry has no plan to meet one-on-one with his counterpart from North Korea Ri Su-yong on the sidelines of the ARF. The foreign ministers of South Korea the United States and Japan plan to hold three-party talks on Sunday morning to discuss mainly North Korea according to Seoul officials. (QNA)
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