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Vice unification minister to visit U.S. next week

2017/11/24 10:37

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SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's vice unification minister plans to visit the United States next week to discuss North Korea's nuclear issue with officials and experts, government officials said Friday.

Chun Hae-sung will leave for the U.S. on Sunday for a six-day trip, which includes stops in Washington and New York, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

He plans to meet with U.S. government officials, including top nuclear envoy Joseph Yun, to discuss ways to resolve North Korea's nuclear problem and to bring peace to the divided Korean Peninsula.

Chun will also meet with Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), a ranking member of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, to explain South Korea's inter-Korean policy and seek cooperation, the ministry said.

He plans to meet with officials from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday after flying to New York on Wednesday, it added.

South Korea is "positively" considering chipping in US$6 million for UNFPA's 2018 survey of the North Korean population. Seoul has approved a plan to offer $8 million in aid to North Korea via U.N. agencies, including UNICEF.

This file photo shows Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung. (Yonhap) This file photo shows Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung. (Yonhap)

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