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S Korea's unification chief visits U.S.

11-02-2011 15:25 BJT

SEOUL, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's unification minister Yu Woo-ik, tasked with overseeing relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), left for the United States Wednesday for a six-day visit.

In his first U.S. tour since taking office last month, Yu is expected to meet with key U.S. officials including Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Senator Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, according to the ministry.

Yu is also scheduled to visit the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, to meet with experts to discuss South Korea's DPRK policy.

The minister will then travel to New York to sit down with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss inter-Korean relations and humanitarian issues, according to the ministry.

Yu, a dovish former ambassador to China, replaced his hard-line predecessor Hyun In-taek in a sign of Seoul seeking more dialogue with Pyongyang.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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