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U.S. nuke envoy, N.K. officials to attend int'l meeting in Thailand : sources

All News 22:01 December 12, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- The top U.S. nuclear envoy and North Korean foreign ministry officials are expected to attend an international meeting on security to be held in Thailand this week, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

A meeting of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) will be held on Thursday and Friday in Chiang Mai to discuss security issues within the region.

Among expected participants, there are Joseph Yun, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and four North Korean officials including Choe Jin, vice chief of an institute on peace and disarmament under the foreign ministry, the sources said.

The meeting is likely to gain attention for the possibility that the U.S. and North Korean officials may meet over Pyongyang's nuclear issue on the sidelines of the gathering.

The U.S. State Department said last week that Yun will travel to Japan and Thailand this week from Monday through Friday to seek ways to "strengthen the pressure campaign" following Pyongyang's Nov. 29 ballistic missile test.

Tensions have heightened since North Korea fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile last month following its two similar tests in July.

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