Peace Club to hold first meeting with 21 envoys

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Peace Club to hold first meeting with 21 envoys

The Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs will launch its first meeting of the Peace Club, an association of 21 foreign envoys whose countries have embassies or consulates based in North Korea, on Friday, according to an official here.

The organization is intended to serve as a networking channel for diplomatic exchange and discussion about the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Peace Club members include Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, Vietnam, Indonesia and India, among others, according to the ministry.

China and Russia, two other nations with consulates in North Korea, will not participate in the association because they are already in close communication with Pyongyang as members of the six-party talks, a ministry official said.

“We look forward to building a network where systematic dialogue, information exchange on the North Korea issue and other close cooperation is possible,” he added.

The Peace Club can be considered a sister group to the Peninsula Club, which was formed in February as another networking platform for 21 ambassadors who serve as envoys for North and South Korea.

“Through the Peninsula Club, we received near real-time information on events taking place in Pyongyang, and we look forward to [the Peace Club] taking on a similar role,” said the official. The two associations are likely to hold a joint meeting later in the year, he added.

BY SARAH KIM [sarahkim@joongang.co.kr]



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