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U.S. senior diplomat to visit S. Korea for talks on N. Korea

2017/10/02 04:29

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SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- The United States' No. 2 diplomat will visit South Korea later this month for talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, diplomatic sources said Monday.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will travel to South Korea in mid-October, the sources said, amid high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

He is scheduled to meet with Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam to coordinate the allies' response to the threat and discuss steps to strengthen the alliance.

In particular, the two sides are expected to talk about holding regular high-level talks on the North Korea issue in line with an agreement between the countries' leaders in June.

The sources said Sullivan also plans to meet with President Moon Jae-in's chief national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong.

En route to Seoul, the deputy secretary will visit Japan for talks on similar issues.

He could also hold a trilateral session with his two East Asian counterparts in either country.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan (Yonhap) U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan (Yonhap)