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S. Korean, U.S. nuclear envoys to discuss N. Korea

By KH디지털2

Published : June 29, 2015 - 11:55

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The U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy will meet with his South Korean counterpart Monday for talks on North Korea and its nuclear weapons program, officials said.

Ambassador Sung Kim will hold a closed-door meeting with Hwang Joon-kook, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, while visiting the country to participate in the Korea Global Forum 2015 hosted by the Ministry of Unification.

His visit comes a month after the two envoys held trilateral talks with their Japanese counterpart, Junichi Ihara, in Seoul.

"They will discuss a broad range of issues, including ways to draw North Korea into meaningful denuclearization talks," a government official said on condition of anonymity.

During last month's trilateral talks, the three sides agreed to enhance pressure on North Korea to return to the six-party denuclearization talks that have been stalled since late 2008.

"(The two envoys) will check each other's stance on the North Korean nuclear issue," another official said.

The ambassador will also meet with Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Hong-kyun to discuss bilateral issues, according to the official.

From Seoul, Amb. Kim is scheduled to fly to Tokyo on Thursday for meetings with senior Japanese officials, including Ihara. (Yonhap)