U.S. diplomat to visit North Korea this week

By Arshad Mohammed 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. diplomat will visit Pyongyang this week to try to advance a stalled deal under which North Korea promised to disclose all its nuclear programs and eventually abandon them, a U.S. official said on Monday.

 The U.S. official, who asked not to be named, said Sung Kim, the director of the State Department’s Office of Korean Affairs, was expected to make stops in Seoul on Tuesday and in Beijing on Wednesday before visiting Pyongyang on Thursday.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is pictured claping his hands ...
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is pictured claping his hands to acknowledge soldiers’ salutes during his inspection of a Korean People’s Army unit, in North Korea, in 2006. Kim is likely to visit China in March to discuss economic issues, the South’s Yonhap news agency said Sunday, quoting unnamed sources.
(AFP/NCNA/File)

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