S.Korea to discuss diplomatic talks with US

FM Kang to Visit US Despite Sacking of Tillerson

FM Kang to Visit US Despite Sacking of Tillerson

South Korea says it will discuss with the United States whether to go ahead with talks between their top diplomats that were set to take place this week.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has dismissed concerns over the US replacing its Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Regarding the reason for Tillerson's dismissal, the Ministry said it is not appropriate for South Korea to comment on personnel changes within the USA administration.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha answers questions from reporters on her way to the Foreign Ministry building on Wednesday morning.

Refusing to comment on the replacement of the U.S. secretary of state, she said, "I can not make any comments on a personnel decision of a foreign country".

The U.S. leader said he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before the end of May when he was told of Kim's proposal for what will be the first-ever U.S.

"The North Korea-U.S. summit will be held as scheduled as President Trump has personally expressed his decision to do so", the Cheong Wa Dae official said.

"The foundation for the important opportunity of holding an inter-Korean summit and a US-North summit has been laid", Lee said before his flight to the US. "And with that perspective, I will have consultations with related officials there".