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Joel Wit to meet N. Korean officials in Geneva this week: sources

2013/08/08 00:54

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- Joel Wit, a former U.S. State Department official, will meet with North Korean foreign ministry officials in Geneva this week for so-called Track II discussions, diplomatic sources here said Wednesday.

"North Korea and the U.S. plan to have an informal meeting in a civilian-government format, not through their official diplomatic channel," a source privy to the matter said. "The U.S. government is not involved in the meeting."

   Wit, a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, is traveling to Geneva for the session, said another source.