November 8, 2020; 10:40, in the Reception Room at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Building in Jongno-gu, Seoul
Robert Yulian, Director of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau, had returned from the first meeting to the hotel without much gain. Now he was on his way to the reception room at the appointed time for a second meeting, where he was to meet the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs again.
"Welcome. Did you have a good rest yesterday?"
Vice-Minister Park Hyung-oh welcomed him outstretching his hand for a handshake, just like he did the previous day.
"I couldn't rest very comfortably."
Director Yulian answered rather curtly as he shook hands with the Vice-Minister.
"Oh no. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't have a good rest since this is your first visit to Korea in a really long while."
"Let's cut to the chase since I have to fly back to the United States tonight."