South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan met here Saturday with his American counterpart Condoleezza Rice amid a vehement protest over imports of U.S. beef.
Rice arrived in Seoul earlier in the day after attending a meeting of the Group of Eight (G-8) foreign ministers in Japan.
The two ministers were scheduled to hold a joint press conference after their talks, which focused on the Korean nuclear crisis, regional security, among others, according to the South Korean Foreign Ministry.
Rice's trip to South Korea comes as the Lee Myung-bak administration is under heavy public criticism over its April deal with Washington to resume imports of U.S. beef, which some people here claim is vulnerable to mad cow disease.
Rice is due to fly to Beijing on Sunday morning.