S Korea's nuke envoy leaves for Japan

12:31, June 14, 2011      

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South Korea's top envoy to stalled nuclear disarmament talks left Tuesday for Japan for talks over reviving dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Wi Sung-lac is scheduled to meet with Shinsuke Sugiyama, Japan' s chief envoy to the long-stalled talks, to discuss recent developments in inter-Korean relations and share recent discussions among other members of the six-part talks, including China, the United States and Russia, according to the foreign ministry.

The two-day visit comes after the DPRK declared it would cut off ties with South Korea, dimming prospects for imminent inter- Korean dialogue seen by six-party member states as a precondition for resuming the nuclear talks, last held in December 2008.

Relations between the two estranged countries got icier in recent weeks, with Pyongyang claiming Seoul had begged for inter- Korean summits and threatening to reveal recordings of secret meeting. Seoul has rejected the claims as "one-sided" and " unworthy of a response".

Source: Xinhua
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