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Published : 2013-07-20 15:36
Updated : 2013-07-20 15:36

A delegation of European Union (EU) legislators reaffirmed its commitment to help induce "sincere"

changes in North Korea while under close cooperation with South Korea, the foreign ministry here said Saturday.

The comment came during a meeting in Seoul between the European Parliament's six-member delegation to the Korean Peninsula and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.

The legislators, led by Chairman Herbert Reul of Germany, arrived here a day earlier after wrapping up their five-day trip from Monday to North Korea. The delegation, launched in July 2004, has since visited the communist country six times.

Briefing Yun on "impressions and results of their trip to the North in a detailed manner," the delegation reaffirmed its commitment to induce the communist country to make "sincere changes" while maintaining close cooperation with South Korea, the ministry said in a statement.

The EU politicians also told Yun about the EU's efforts to improve the human rights situation in the North, and lent support for South Korea's 'trustpolitik' policy put forth by President Park Geun-hye.

"The visit by the European Parliament's delegation to South Korea is expected to improve the EU's understanding on the situation of the Korean Peninsula, which would help it find ways to make constructive contributions to the North down the road," the ministry said.

The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday talks between its DPRK-EU Friendship Parliamentary Group and the EU delegation were held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, without elaborating further. (Yonhap News)

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