Russia's top nuclear envoy visits Seoul

11th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia's chief nuclear envoy arrived in Seoul Monday amid efforts to revive long-stalled international nuclear disarmament negotiations with North Korea.

Alexei Borodavkin, the Kremlin's nuclear negotiator for the six-party talks, will meet his South Korean counterpart Wi Sung-Lac on Monday, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

"They will discuss overall issues on the six-party talks and the current events on the Korean peninsula," a ministry spokesman told AFP.

Borodavkin will also meet South Korea's new Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan and deputy foreign minister Kim Jae-Shin during the three-day visit to talk about other issues, the spokesman said.

The six-party forum, aimed at curbing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions in exchange for aid, is chaired by Pyongyang's close ally China and also involves the two Koreas, the US, Japan and Russia.

Pyongyang bolted the forum in April 2009 and conducted its second nuclear test a month later.

North Korea's intentions still remain unclear with recent satellite images suggesting it may be restoring facilities at its main Yongbyon nuclear reactor that produced weapons-grade plutonium.

A senior Seoul presidential aide said last week the North's nuclear programme had reached a "very alarming level".

© 2010 AFP

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