S. Korean, U.S. financial chiefs discuss North Korea, FTA
S. Korean, U.S. financial chiefs discuss North Korea, FTA
  • Kim Jung-mi
  • 승인 2017.10.15 16:10
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The top financial policymakers of South Korea and the United States met Saturday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Finance Ministers Meeting in Washington D.C.

Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed pending issues including North Korea, the bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) and the U.S. report on currency manipulation, according to Seoul officials.

South Korea's Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon (L) shakes hands with his U.S. counterpart Steven Mnuchin in a meeting in Washington D.C. on Oct. 14, 2017, in this photo provided by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. (Yonhap)

They expressed concerns over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile provocations and agreed to enhance policy coordination to cope with risks related to North Korea.

Mnuchin recognized the two countries' close cooperation in implementing sanctions against North Korea.

They also exchanged views on the ongoing talks to revise the terms of the Korea-U.S. FTA. Earlier this month, Seoul and Washington agreed to begin the process of amending the FTA at Washington's request.

In their third meeting, Kim also stressed that South Korea does not intervene in foreign exchange markets. The U.S. Treasury is set to announce a list of currency manipulating countries soon. (Yonhap)

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