Russian chief nuclear envoy in Seoul discusses DPRK nuclear issues

20:22, January 28, 2011      

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Russia's chief nuclear negotiator to long-stalled nuclear disarmament talks met with his South Korean counterpart Friday in Seoul.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin sat down with Wi Sung-lac, Seoul's top nuclear envoy, to discuss nuclear issues of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), reportedly including its claimed uranium enrichment program.

Details of the meeting are yet to be unveiled.

The meeting came amid a flurry of diplomacy aimed at reopening the six-party talks, which reached an impasse due to the DPRK's boycott.

Pyongyang has recently expressed its will to return to the negotiating table while claiming it has built a new, highly sophisticated facility to enrich uranium.

The talks also followed a visit Thursday by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, who called Pyongyang's alleged uranium enrichment program "inconsistent with its international obligations."

Meanwhile, Seoul is reportedly mulling ways to bring the issue to the United Nations Security Council.

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