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U.S. envoy visits S.Korea for talks on DPRK issues


SEOUL – The United State envoy for policy toward the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is on a visit to South Korea to discuss to discuss the country’s nuclear programme and other related issues, Seoul’ s Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
Sung Kim, who assumed the post of U.S. Special Representative for DPRK policy last month, arrived in South Korea on Thursday for a five-day trip to the country.
He is expected to hold talks on Friday with Hwang Joon-kook, Seoul’s Special Representative for Peace and Security Affairs on the Korean Peninsula, to exchange views on the DPRK’s nuclear programme and other related issues.
The U.S. envoy told reporters that it would be a mistake if the parties involved in the talks rush back to the long-stalled negotiations without assurances that the DPRK is ready to work for a complete, verifiable de-nuclearisation.
He stressed the need for the DPRK’s demonstration of its sincere promise to dismantle its nuclear programme.
The six-party talks, which involves China, the DPRK, the U.S., South Korea, Russia and Japan, was initiated in Beijing in August 2003, but has been stalled since December 2008.
The DPRK has been ready to resume the six-party talks “without preconditions,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Nov. 20 after talks with Choe Ryong Hae who made an eight-day visit to Russia as a special envoy of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.

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