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S Korea's top nuclear envoy to visit U.S. this week: media

08-31-2010 17:08 BJT

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's top nuclear envoy to stalled six-party nuclear disarmament talks will be heading to Washington this week to discuss reopening the talks, local media reported Tuesday.

Wi Sung-lac will meet with his U.S. counterparts to discuss ways to revive the talks and Washington's recent sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Yonhap News Agency said, quoting an unnamed government source.

The envoy will reportedly sit down with Stephen Bosworth, U.S. representative for DPRK policy, and James Steinberg, deputy Secretary of State.

His trip comes shortly after a visit to Seoul by Wu Dawei, Wi's Chinese counterpart, who recently visited the DPRK. In what might be an indication of a fresh momentum for a new round of talks, the two representatives discussed restarting the long-stalled talks over denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The disarmament talks, involving China, the DPRK, South Korea, the United States, Japan and Russia, hit a snag when Pyongyang unilaterally pulled out of them in April 2009 in protest against the UN condemnation of its rocket launch.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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