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Washington's U.N. envoy to visit S. Korea to discuss N.K. nuclear issue

All News 10:22 October 05, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. envoy to the United Nations will visit South Korea this week to discuss countermeasures against North Korea's latest nuclear provocation, a government source said Wednesday.

Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., will arrive in South Korea on Saturday and stay here for four days, according to the source.

Her visit comes as the U.N. Security Council is working on a fresh resolution to punish the North for conducting its fifth nuclear test early last month despite repeated global warnings. The test is regarded as the strongest ever, raising worries that the North is getting closer to nuclear weaponization.

Demand is growing that the new resolution under consideration should include measures aimed at covering what many see as "loopholes" in the previous ones.

She is to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and other key diplomats dealing with the North and its nuclear weapons program, the source said.

Observers say that the North might carry out an additional provocation in time for the 71st anniversary of the foundation of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea that falls on Monday.

kokobj@yna.co.kr
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