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S. Korea's top nuke envoy due in China

All Headlines 18:37 July 16, 2015

SEOUL, July 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top nuclear envoy will visit China next week for meetings with his local counterpart and experts on Korea, the Foreign Ministry announced Thursday.

The agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has made close consultations between South Korea and China on North Korea "more necessary," it said.

During his weeklong trip to Beijing and Shanghai starting on Sunday, Hwang Joon-kook plans to hold talks with Wu Dawei, China's special representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs.

Both Hwang and Wu are their governments' top delegates to the now-stalled six-way talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons drive. The negotiations also involve the U.S., Japan and Russia.

Hwang is also scheduled to have a series of meetings with scholars at colleges, researchers at think tanks, journalists and other experts.

"By meeting those opinion leaders, explaining South Korea's position on the North Korea issue and listening to various opinions of Chinese experts, he plans to deepen and expand strategic communication with South Korea and China," the ministry said.

It stopped short of revealing more details of Hwang's itinerary.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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