Tillerson arrives in Seoul for talks

Indo Asian News Service

Seoul, March 17 (IANS) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived here Friday morning to talk with his South Korean counterpart over the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, a media report said.

The airplane carrying the top US diplomat arrived in the Osan Air Base, some 60 km from here around 10 a.m. for the second stop of his East Asian tour, TV footage showed.

Tillerson visited Japan on Thursday, meeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. He is scheduled to leave for Beijing on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Tillerson is scheduled to meet South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is serving as the acting President after former President Park Geun-hye was ousted.

After the meeting, he will hold a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se here.

Key agenda on the table for Friday's talks between Yun and Tillerson would be the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Tillerson said in Tokyo on Thursday that diplomatic and other efforts of the past 20 years to realise the denuclearisation of the peninsula have failed, stressing the need for a new approach to the issue. --IANS