Clinton: Senior North Korean diplomat set to visit US

July 24, 2011 15:43

SEOUL - A high-ranking North Korean diplomat plans to visit New York later this week for talks with United States officials, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday.

"The United States has invited North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kae-gwan to New York later this week," Clinton said in a statement.

Kim will meet US officials for discussions on the next steps necessary to restart denuclearization talks, she said.

Kim's visit will come a week after a surprise meeting on Friday between the North and South Korean top nuclear envoys on the sidelines of a key Asian regional security forum in Indonesia, and the next day's brief encounter between the two Korean foreign ministers.

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