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Special U.N. envoys to visit N. Korea next month: official

All Headlines 15:26 January 31, 2010

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to send two special envoys to North Korea next month to discuss restoring a dialogue channel between the U.N. and the North, a ranking U.N. official said Saturday.

Lynn Pascoe, U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, and Kim Won-soo, an advisor to Ban, will make a four-day visit to the communist country, starting on Feb. 9, said the official, requesting anonymity.

The visit is primarily intended to resume high-level talks between the U.N. and North Korea suspended for years and the special envoys will discuss issues related to North Korea's nuclear program and humanitarian aid, said the official.

The U.N. had sought to send special envoys to Pyongyang early last year but North Korea rejected the offer at that time, the official noted.

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