US says decision soon on sending envoy to North Korea

May 17, 2011 11:33


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SEOUL - Washington will make an announcement within the next few days on sending an envoy to North Korea to assess the impoverished state's pleas for food aid, a top US official said on Tuesday, as it weighs helping Pyongyang against the South's wishes.

Stephen Bosworth, the US special representative for North Korea policy, met South Korean officials to discuss resumption of both food aid to the North and international nuclear talks.

Asked about a possible visit to Pyongyang by Robert King, the US special envoy for human rights, Bosworth told reporters a decision would be announced from Washington within days.

"We had a good discussion today on the North Korean request for food assistance and I think we have largely reached a common view on that and we are addressing that as we move ahead," he said after meeting the South's nuclear envoy, Wi Sung-lac.

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