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Senior U.S. official handling N. Korea sanctions visits S. Korea

All Headlines 08:30 March 12, 2010

SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- A senior U.S. official in charge of financial sanctions on North Korea has been in South Korea this week for talks on the communist nation and financial issues between Seoul and Washington, a diplomatic source said Friday.

Daniel Glaser, deputy assistant secretary of the treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, arrived in Seoul on Wednesday and has met with officials of the foreign and finance ministries, the source said on condition of anonymity.

His discussions included sanctions against North Korea and general financial issues between the two countries, the source said. Further details were not available.

His trip came as Pyongyang demands the removal of U.N. sanctions, put in place following its nuclear test in May last year, as a precondition for its return to the long-stalled international talks on ending its nuclear weapons program.

Glaser was to leave South Korea on Friday, the source said.

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