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SKorean foreign minister to visit US next week over NKorea's nuclear weapons program

SKorean foreign minister to visit US next week over NKorea's nuclear weapons program

South Korea's foreign minister said Thursday he will visit the United States next week to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons program with top officials in Washington.
Song Min-soon said he will meet U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior U.S. officials to talk about how to advance a 2005 agreement in which the North pledged to disarm in return for security guarantees and aid.
His trip, which is due to run Wednesday through Saturday, comes after international talks aimed at implementing the breakthrough deal ended last week without any progress.
During the talks in Beijing _ the first since the North's Oct. 9 nuclear test _ the delegates from Pyongyang repeatedly insisted the U.S. must first lift financial restrictions against North Korea before they could discuss denuclearization.
"I expect North Korea to come to the talks soon with wise proposals after realistically reviewing" specific proposals offered by the U.S. and its partners, Song told reporters Thursday.
Last year, Washington blacklisted a Macau bank where North Korea had accounts, accusing it of complicity in the North's alleged counterfeiting of US$100 bills and money laundering. That led to a freezing of the North's assets deposited at the bank worth some US$24 million (


Updated : 2021-03-06 23:45 GMT+08:00