Japan, N. Korea foreign ministers hold short conversation in Brunei

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said he had a short conversation with North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun during lunchtime on Monday as they gathered for ASEAN-related meetings in Brunei.

"We exchanged words but I will not go into details," Kishida told reporters after trilateral talks at which Japan, South Korea and the United States pledged to press North Korea toward denuclearization.

"We'd like to make Japan's stance clear on the occasion of the ARF (ASEAN Regional Forum)" on Tuesday, Kishida added, referring to a security forum sponsored by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

It was the first such contact since July last year when then Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba talked with Pak in Cambodia on the fringes of ASEAN-related meetings.