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S. Korea appoints new envoy for N. Korea nuclear talks

All Headlines 17:37 May 27, 2013

SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ambassador to Australia Cho Tae-yong was formally appointed as Seoul's new chief envoy to multilateral denuclearization talks on North Korea, an official said Monday, in a regular shake-up of senior diplomats under the new government.

Cho, 57, replaced Lim Sung-nam, who had served as the nation's top nuclear envoy since 2011, the foreign ministry official said on the condition of anonymity. Lim has been named as Seoul's new ambassador to London.

Cho served diverse positions at the foreign ministry as a career diplomat, including deputy chief of the South Korean delegation to the six-party talks on denuclearizing North Korea from 2004 to 2006 and the ministry's chief of protocol.

He is considered by many in diplomatic circles in Seoul to have expertise in dealing with the North's nuclear programs, according to the official.

The six-party talks, involving the two Koreas, the United States, China, Russia and Japan, have been dormant since late 2008.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told reporters that Cho will make visits to the U.S., China and other six-party member countries next month to discuss about the North's nuclear standoff.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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