U.S. Nuclear Envoy Prepares for North Korea

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (UPI) — U.S. Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth arrived in South Korea Sunday en route to his first visit to Pyongyang to address nuclear issues, officials said.

Bosworth was to meet Sunday with Wi Sung-lac, South Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator, The Korea Times reported. He will travel to North Korea Tuesday and remain there through Thursday.

Bosworth was scheduled to meet with Vice Foreign Minister Kang Sok-joo and it was unknown whether he would be granted an audience with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, Yonhap News Agency reported Sunday.

“I don’t expect much from the first visit to the North,” Bosworth was quoted as saying in London Thursday, Yonhap reported.

The United States and its allies want North Korea to agree to rejoin six-way negotiations on North Korea abandoning its nuclear programs.

North Korea was expected to seek the signing of a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War in exchange for its return to denuclearization talks.

The 1950-1953 war between North Korea and South Korea ended with an armistice but was not officially ended with a treaty.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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