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Naypyidaw, Seoul to Cooperate on N Korea Nuclear Issue

28 February 2014

The Burmese government has agreed to join forces with South Korea to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programs, reports the Seoul-based Yonhap news agency. The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that the agreement was reached following a meeting between South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Burmese counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin in Seoul to discuss security and economic issues. Yun said he asked Burma, as this year’s chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to push for North Korean denuclearization calls in the grouping’s 2014 joint statement. No mention was made of Burma’s suspected involvement in illegal arms trading with North Korea in the recent past.