S. Korea names new nuclear negotiator with North

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South Korea Wednesday named a new chief envoy to six-nation negotiations on North Korea's nuclear disarmament as diplomatic efforts continue to revive the stalled dialogue.

Lim Sung-Nam, who was deputy chief negotiator at the six-party talks between 2007 and 2008, replaces Wi Sung-Lac.

Wi, who becomes ambassador to Russia, had held the chief negotiator's post since March 2009. He recently held two rounds of talks with his North Korean counterpart in an attempt to revive the full dialogue.

The North abandoned the six-party forum in April 2009 and staged its second nuclear test a month later.

It is now calling for an unconditional resumption of the negotiations, but South Korea and the United States say the North should first take action to show it is serious about giving up its nuclear weapons.

Lim, 53, has also held diplomatic posts in the United Nations, Taipei and Washington, and recently completed a term as a minister at the embassy in Beijing.

© 2011 AFP

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