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Security advisor to Lee Myung-bak visits U.S. over DPRK issues

04-26-2012 15:33 BJT

SEOUL, April 26 (Xinhua) -- A security advisor to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is on a six-day visit to the United States to discuss joint strategies on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) following its rocket launch, local media reported Thursday.

Kim Tae-hyo, senior secretary to Lee on national security, is scheduled to meet with Washington officials over the DPRK's nuclear and missile programs, according to Seoul's Yonhap News Agency.

Kim, who arrived in the U.S. Sunday, reportedly met with United Nations officials in New York over the Security Council's statement condemning the DPRK's failed rocket launch on April 13.

Pyongyang has repeatedly said the launch of a rocket-mounted satellite was for peaceful purposes, while Seoul and Washington believe it was a cover for a long-range missile test.

Kim's trip comes amid speculations that the DPRK leadership might conduct its third nuclear test soon to compensate for the failed rocket test.

Kim is to return home Friday, according to Yonhap.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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