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Talks ongoing over Ban's visit to North Korea: U.N. official

The United Nations continues to be in talks with North Korea over Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's possible visit to the communist country, a U.N. official said Monday.
  

Last month, Ban confirmed a Yonhap report that he is planning a trip to the North. The plan has drawn keen attention as he's expected to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
  

"Talks are continuing," Kim Won-soo, the U.N. acting high representative for disarmament affairs, told reporters on the sidelines of a U.N. disarmament conference in Seoul. "We are still in talks, and (the visit) hasn't been decided yet."
  

Kim has been a close aide to Ban, previously serving as special adviser and deputy chef de cabinet to the secretary-general.
  

"We will let you know through our spokesman once there is progress," he added.
 

Should Ban's trip be realized, he will be the third U.N. secretary-general to visit North Korea after Kurt Waldheim in 1979 and Boutros Boutros-Ghali in 1993. Both Waldheim and Boutros-Ghali met with North Korea's founding leader, Kim Il-sung, during their visits to Pyongyang.
  

Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, has repeatedly said that he will do everything possible to promote inter-Korean reconciliation and a resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue. (Yonhap)

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