FM-US ambassador

SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se met with the U.S. ambassador to South Korea on Thursday, reaffirming the allies' "close coordination" on North Korean policy and other bilateral issues.

High-level U.S. officials, including U.S. Treasury sanctions chief David Cohen, visited South Korea this week amid escalating tensions over North Korea's bellicose rhetoric in response to the latest U.N. sanctions against the North's third nuclear test.

"These days, high-level officials from Washington visit Seoul. These visits represent close coordination between our two governments," Yun told Kim during a meeting.

Kim echoed the view, describing the visits as "a very clear indication and recognition of the importance of the relationship."

In addition to the U.N. sanctions, the U.S. imposed its own sanctions on the Foreign Trade Bank of North Korea, Pyongyang's primary foreign exchange bank, and four officials responsible for the country's ballistic missile program.

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