SEOUL, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha held phone talks with her Swedish counterpart Friday about North Korea and ways to boost bilateral ties, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

In the 20-minute conversation, which took place at Sweden's request, Kang told Margot Wallstrom that Seoul will act prudently after sufficient consultations with the U.S. in dealing with the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula, the ministry said, apparently referring to the North's missile launches.

The talks come amid rising tensions sparked by North Korea's Thursday firing of two short-range missiles, only days after it shot a volley of projectiles off its east coast last week.

Kang said that Seoul will closely coordinate with the international community, including Sweden, to achieve the goal of a lasting peace and complete denuclearization of the peninsula. Wallstrom reaffirmed her country's continued support for diplomatic efforts by Seoul to resolve the issues through dialogue.

The two also agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various sectors, noting that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the two countries' diplomatic relations, the ministry said.

Source: Yonhap news Agency