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Newsline: Top six nuclear diplomats to meet this week

The foreign ministers from six countries involved in the North Korea denuclearization talks will gather in Kuala Lumpur this week for a regional security forum. It will be their first meeting since the landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and U.S.-led world powers on July 14. During the annual ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) scheduled from Wednesday to Thursday, the foreign ministers are expected to engage in heated diplomacy over how to handle North Korea. The two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia are among the 26 countries participating in the forum to promote security in the Asia-Pacific region. Only the ARF will involve all members of the dormant talks on North Korea’s nuclear program among a series of ASEAN-related ministerial meetings that are scheduled to take place concurrently between Wednesday and Thursday in the Malaysian capital. The ARF this year comes after Iran and the five members of the U.N. Security Council ― the U.S., the U.K. France, China and Russia ― plus Germany ― agreed in Vienna to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.



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