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US Envoy Talks NKorea Nukes in Seoul

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 10:42 AM

SEOUL – The US special envoy on North Korean nuclear disarmament arrived Wednesday for talks with his South Korean counterpart, after Pyongyang said it would work to revive stalled negotiations.

The US envoy Sung Kim was to meet Wi Sung-Lac later in the day, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said, without elaborating.

Kim accompanied US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell to China this week for an apparent briefing on last week's visit there by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.

The North's leader expressed willingness to work towards the resumption of six-nation nuclear disarmament talks but made no firm commitment to return to them.

The North quit the dialogue in April last year and staged its second atomic weapons test a month later.

South Korean and US officials say the nuclear talks cannot resume until an investigation ends into the sinking of a South Korean warship on March 26.

Suspicions are growing that a North Korean torpedo downed the ship with the loss of 46 lives. The investigators are expected to report next week.

South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Yong-Joon and Deputy Defence Minister Chang Kwang-Il will leave Thursday for Washington for discussions about the situation on the Korean peninsula and the nuclear issue, the foreign ministry said.

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