South Korean foreign minister on NZ visit

  • 12/09/2015
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, Yun Byung Se (AAP)
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, Yun Byung Se (AAP)

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se is visiting New Zealand this weekend.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says talks during the visit will focus on regional and global security issues, especially the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Yun will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Korean Memorial in Auckland, recognising New Zealand's contribution to the Korean War.

New Zealand and Korea signed a free trade agreement in March, and ratification is under way on both sides.

Korea is New Zealand's sixth-largest trade partner with total two-way goods trade of $4 billion in 2014.

It is also a significant source of tourists and international students.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Kevin Andrews were joined by their respective counterparts, Yun Byung Se and Han Min Koo, at the Korean War Memorial at Moore Park, along with veterans from both countries on Friday.

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