South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have discussed measures to strengthen bilateral coordination over the apparent thawing of inter-Korean relations following their high-level talks. 

In telephone talks with U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson Friday morning, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha explained the results of Tuesday's inter-Korean talks, emphasizing Seoul's will to simultaneously pursue an improvement in inter-Korean relations and a solution to the North Korean nuclear issue.

Kang also echoed President Moon Jae-in's remarks during his Wednesday telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, giving credit to Washington for its weighty role to make the inter-Korean talks productive. She said the U.S. helped bring the results of the inter-Korean talks by firmly maintaining its principles for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. 

Thanking Kang for her briefing on the result of the inter-Korean talks, Tillerson said the talks between the two Koreas are very encouraging. He also emphasized close discussion between Seoul and Washington in their future dealings with the North.